Data from: Modality-specific impairment of learning by a neonicotinoid pesticide
Muth, Felicity; Francis, Jacob S.; Leonard, Anne S. (2019), Data from: Modality-specific impairment of learning by a neonicotinoid pesticide, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.87p3dd7
Neonicotinoid pesticides can impair bees’ ability to learn and remember information about flowers, skills that are critical for effective foraging. Although these cognitive impacts may contribute to broader effects on health and performance, to date they have largely been assayed in simplified protocols that consider learning in a single sensory modality, usually olfaction. Given that real flowers display a variety of potentially useful signals, we assessed the effects of acute neonicotinoid exposure on multimodal learning in free-flying bumblebees. We found that neonicotinoid consumption differentially impacted learning of floral stimuli, impairing scent, but not colour, learning. These findings raise questions about the mechanisms by which pesticides might differentially impair sensory systems, with implications for how neonicotinoids affect multiple aspects of bee ecology.