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Volume 24, Number 3, 1993
Neurobiology of the honeybee
Page(s) 309 - 331
Apidologie 24 (1993) 309-331
DOI: 10.1051/apido:19930310

Color vision and color choice behavior of the honey bee

W. Backhaus

Institüt für Neurobiologie, Freie Universität Berlin, Königin-Luise-Str 28-30, 1 000 Berlin 33, Germany

Abstract - A general introduction to color vision in honeybees has been presented. Documenting the current state of research in this field, the theory of color vision and color choice behavior of the honeybee has been reviewed. Several tests of the predictions of the theory for behavioral and electrophysiological experiments have been presented. The properties of color memory have been derived. A complete neuronal interpretation of the color theory has been given. The decision-making process has been discussed with respect to the fluctuations in the neuronal network. In specifically-designed experiments, the information provided by the color vision system has been combined with the information from other perceptual systems in color choice behavior. Respective extensions of the color theory for the bee have been discussed.

Key words: Apis mellifera / honey bees / color vision / choice behavior / perception / psychophysics / electrophysiology