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Sucrose responsiveness and behavioral plasticity in honey bees (Apis mellifera)

Abstract : This review will focus on the relationships between sensory responses of bees and behavior. Sensory responsiveness constrains individual foraging plasticity and skews collective foraging decisions of colonies. We will concentrate on pollen, nectar, and water foraging behavior and will show that differences in the sucrose responsiveness of bees correlate with different behavioral roles, which supports the response threshold model of division of labor. We will also show how a colony's "allocation" of foragers into foraging roles results from individual differences in responsiveness to task-related stimuli and discuss hypotheses on the behavioral relevance of these differences.
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Ricarda Scheiner, Robert Page, Joachim Erber. Sucrose responsiveness and behavioral plasticity in honey bees (Apis mellifera). Apidologie, Springer Verlag, 2004, 35 (2), pp.133-142. ⟨10.1051/apido:2004001⟩. ⟨hal-00891876⟩



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