Neurobiology and Behavior of Honeybees

  • Randolf Menzel
  • Alison Mercer
Conference proceedings

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Introduction

    1. Martin Lindauer
      Pages 1-6
  3. Evolution and Genetics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Friedrich Ruttner
      Pages 8-20
    3. Robin F. A. Moritz, Christian Brandes
      Pages 21-35
  4. The Foraging Honeybee

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 37-37
    2. Thomas D. Seeley, Royce A. Levien
      Pages 38-53
    3. Samuel Rossel, Rüdiger Wehner
      Pages 76-93
  5. Physiological Aspects of Behavior

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
    2. Peter G. Kevan
      Pages 96-101
    3. Bernd Heinrich
      Pages 102-111
    4. Walter Kaiser, Jana Steiner-Kaiser
      Pages 112-120
    5. N. Balderrama, H. Díaz, A. Sequeda, J. Núnez, H. Maldonado
      Pages 121-128
  6. Visual System

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 129-129
    2. Horst Hertel, Ulrike Maronde
      Pages 141-157
    3. Lesley J. Goodman, William A. Fletcher, Richard G. Guy, Peter G. Mobbs, Christopher D. J. Pomfrett
      Pages 158-171
    4. Werner Backhaus, Annette Werner, Randolf Menzel
      Pages 172-190
    5. Jürgen J. Milde
      Pages 191-200
  7. Neuroanatomy and Signal Processing in the Brain

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 201-201
    2. G. Bicker, S. Schäfer, V. Rehder
      Pages 202-224
    3. Alison Mercer
      Pages 244-252
    4. Jochen Erber, Uwe Homberg
      Pages 253-264
  8. Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 265-265
  9. Learnning and Memory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 297-297
    2. Randolf Menzel
      Pages 310-325
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 327-334

About these proceedings


At the beginning of the century, Karl von Frisch inaugurated the experimental analysis of bee behavior with his studies on form and color vision. Since then, experimental analysis of bee behavior has been extended to their orientation in space and time, sensory capabilities, and communication within a social group. How does a creature with a brain volume of scarcely one cubic millimeter generate such varied and complex behavior? This volume represents the latest research on the behavior and neurobiology of bees. Topics include: dance communication, foraging and search behavior, decision making, color vision, learning and memory, structure and function of brain neurons, immunocytological characterization of neuropils and identified neurons,and neuropharmacological studies of stereotyped and learned behavior. Together these papers illustrate the challenge that bee behavior presents to the neuroethologist as well as the progress that this field has made in recent years in the tradition of von Frisch's pioneering work.


anatomy behavior biology brain information information processing neuroanatomy neurobiology neurons neurophysiology perception physiology thermoregulation

Editors and affiliations

  • Randolf Menzel
    • 1
  • Alison Mercer
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Animal PhysiologyFree University of BerlinBerlin 33Germany
  2. 2.Department of ZoologyUniversity of OtagoDunedinNew Zealand

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1987
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-71498-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-71496-2
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