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Animal ThinkingContemporary Issues in Comparative Cognition$
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Randolf Menzel and Julia Fischer

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262016636

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262016636.001.0001

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Navigation and Communication in Honeybees

Navigation and Communication in Honeybees

(p.9) 2 Navigation and Communication in Honeybees
Animal Thinking

Randolf Menzel

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Honeybees navigate and communicate in the context of foraging and nest selection. This chapter presents a novel technique (harmonic radar tracking) that has been applied to foraging behavior. On the basis of the data collected, a concept that assumes an integrated map-like structure of spatial memory has been developed. Characteristic features (long-ranging landmarks) and local characteristics are learned during exploratory flights. Route flights and information about target destinations transferred during the waggle dance are integrated into the map-like memory, enabling bees to make novel short-cutting flights between learned and communicated locations and to perform decisions about their flight routes. Cognitive terminology is applied to describe these implicit knowledge properties in bee navigation.

Keywords:   Strüngmann Forum Reports, honeybees, animal communication, iconic communication, indexical communication, navigation, foraging behavior, waggle dance, harmonic radar tracking

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