Vibration signal modulates the behavior of house-hunting honey bees (Apis mellifera)

Citation
Pk. Visscher et al., Vibration signal modulates the behavior of house-hunting honey bees (Apis mellifera), ETHOLOGY, 105(9), 1999, pp. 759-769
Citations number
26
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Animal Sciences","Neurosciences & Behavoir
Journal title
ETHOLOGY
ISSN journal
0179-1613 → ACNP
Volume
105
Issue
9
Year of publication
1999
Pages
759 - 769
Database
ISI
SICI code
0179-1613(199909)105:9<759:VSMTBO>2.0.ZU;2-4
Abstract
Honey bees (Apis mellifera) in house-hunting swarms perform vibration signa ls (dorsoventral abdominal vibration (DVAV)) of 18.05 +/- 0.45 Hz for 1.36 +/- 0.23 s throughout the house selection process. These signals are perfor med by a specialized subset of bees, most of whom never perform recruitment dances to nest sites. Individuals repeatedly vibrate others. The patterns of vibration signal performance are consistent with the hypothesis that it serves to activate bees for take-off, but may also activate bees to scout f or nest sites.