Visual Discrimination by the Honeybee (Apis mellifera)

Adrian Horridge

in How Animals See the World

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780195334654
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199933167 | DOI:
Visual Discrimination by the Honeybee (Apis mellifera)

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This chapter explores honeybee vision and provides a captivating window into the bizarre world seen through compound eyes using both behavioral and neurobiological evidence. Far from being a pattern perception device, bee vision destroys the pattern in the image and replaces it by the layout of a few labels. Bee vision is a set of coincidences like the contributions of numerous molecules to the flavor of a soup or the smell of coffee. Moreover, vision is not a separated modality, as it is in humans, for there are neurons that respond to other modalities in the bee optic lobe, and the visual cues are linked to odors and the time of day.

Keywords: honeybee vision; compound eyes; pattern perception; odors; time of day; bee optic lobe

Chapter.  14495 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuropsychology

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