The perception of small objects by the drone honeybee

Vallet, A.M. and Coles, J.A. (1993) The perception of small objects by the drone honeybee. Journal of Comparative Physiology A: Neuroethology, Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology, 172(2), pp. 183-188.

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Publisher's URL: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/BF00189395

Abstract

Drones (Apis mellifera ♂) were attracted to a lure scented with queen pheromone suspended at a height of 11–18m. An unscented test object, usually a black sphere, was lowered on a vertical string at a horizontal distance of 50 cm or 103 cm from the scented lure. Drones often made a rapid, direct, displacement from the scented lure to the test object. Drones responded to objects that subtended an angle as small as 0.41° which is less than the acceptance angle of a single ommatidium. We calculate that a drone can respond to a stimulus corresponding to a reduction in the light incident on one ommatidium at a time of 8%; the brevity of the stimulus on each ommatidium would seem to be a factor in the design of the eye.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Coles, Dr Jonathan
Authors: Vallet, A.M., and Coles, J.A.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Infection Immunity and Inflammation
Journal Name:Journal of Comparative Physiology A: Neuroethology, Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0340-7594
ISSN (Online):1432-1351

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