Data from: A novel protocol for studying bee cognition in the wild
Muth, Felicity, University of Nevada Reno
Cooper, Trenton R., University of Nevada Reno
Bonilla, Rene F., University of Nevada Reno
Leonard, Anne S., University of Nevada Reno
Published Jul 05, 2018 on Dryad.
Cite this dataset
Muth, Felicity; Cooper, Trenton R.; Bonilla, Rene F.; Leonard, Anne S. (2018). Data from: A novel protocol for studying bee cognition in the wild [Dataset]. Dryad. https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.c2k5t
1.Understanding how animals perceive, learn and remember stimuli is critical for understanding both how cognition is shaped by natural selection, and how ecological factors impact behaviour. However, the majority of studies on cognition involve captive animals in laboratory settings. While controlled settings are required to accurately measure aspects of cognition, they may not yield realistic estimates of learning performance in natural environments. Wild bees offer a useful system in which to study cognitive ecology as well as comparative cognition more broadly: they encompass around 20,000 species globally, varying in characteristics such as life history strategy, degree of sociality, and dietary specialization. Yet the limited number of protocols currently available for studying insect cognition has restricted research to a few commercially available bee species, in almost exclusively lab settings. 2.We present a protocol (Free-Moving Proboscis Extension Response [FMPER]) to measure wild bees’ colour preferences, learning performance, and memory. 3.We first used lab-reared bumblebees Bombus impatiens to establish that FMPER yielded results consistent with learning theory. We then successfully tested wild honeybees Apis mellifera in the lab, and Bombus vosnesenskii at field sites. 4. FMPER is straightforward to implement, low-cost, and may be readily adapted to other flower-visiting insects. We believe it will be useful to a broad range of evolutionary biologists, behavioural ecologists, and pollination ecologists interested in measuring cognitive performance in the wild and across a broader range of species.
behaviour and spectral data for Muth et al 2017
behaviour and spectral data for Muth et al 2017: A novel protocol for studying bee cognition in the wild