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Honeybee Neurobiology and Behavior

A Tribute to Randolf Menzel

  • C. Giovanni Galizia
  • Dorothea Eisenhardt
  • Martin Giurfa

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Mechanisms of Social Organization

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Gro V. Amdam, Erin Fennern, Heli Havukainen
      Pages 17-29
    3. Ada Eban-Rothschild, Guy Bloch
      Pages 31-45
  3. Communication and Navigation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 51-51
    2. Walter M. Farina, Christoph Grüter, Andrés Arenas
      Pages 89-101
    3. Randolf Menzel, Jacqueline Fuchs, Andreas Kirbach, Konstantin Lehmann, Uwe Greggers
      Pages 103-116
    4. Randolf Menzel
      Pages 117-122
  4. Brain Anatomy and Physiology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. Jürgen Rybak
      Pages 125-140
    3. Bernd Grünewald
      Pages 185-198
    4. Julie A. Mustard, Vanina Vergoz, Karen A. Mesce, Kathleen A. Klukas, Kyle T. Beggs, Lisa H. Geddes et al.
      Pages 199-209

About this book


Honey bees are arguably among the most complex insects on earth, both in terms of their individual behavior, and of the social organization of their societies. Furthermore, they are among the best studied insects, and have fascinated human thought since the antiquity.

In 1987 R. Menzel and A. Mercer edited a comprehensive book on neurobiology and behavior of honey bees, which was for many years the reference for scholars at large. However, in the last 25 years, research has made tremendous progress: Molecular biology and the sequencing of the genome have helped to link

molecular and neural architectures underlying behavior. Optophysiological imaging technology and multielectrode electrophysiology allowed for simultaneous recording of many neurons to study functional principles of neural networks in the bee brain. New experimental paradigms revealed amazing cognitive sophistication, showing that the bee is capable of solving problems that have been so far considered the prerrogative of vertebrates. The development of new Doppler-radar technologies has allowed to track freely flying bees over considerable distances, thus introducing new vistas in the study of bee navigation and spatial representation in the insect brain. This book covers these and other topics providing a state-of-the-art vision of honey bee biology. The most renowned specialists converge here to illustrate that the honey bee is by now an established model system for neuroscience and behavior, and to provide an inspiring outlook toward the future, including commentaries to each section that are intended as seeds for further research.

The sections social organization, communication and navigation, brain anatomy and physiology, sensory systems, genetics and molecular biology and learning and memory create both a reference work and a textbook not only for those interested in honey bees but also for entomologists at large, and for those which, in different species, try to unravel the links between neurosciences and behavior.



Animal Behavior Animal physiology Honeybees, Apis mellifera Neurobilogy, Neuroscience Social insects

Editors and affiliations

  • C. Giovanni Galizia
    • 1
  • Dorothea Eisenhardt
    • 2
  • Martin Giurfa
    • 3
  1. 1., Department of NeurobiologyUniversität KonstanzKonstanzGermany
  2. 2., Department of NeurobiologyFreie Universität BerlinBerlinGermany
  3. 3., Centre de Recherches sur la Cognition AnCNRS - Université Paul SabatierToulouse Cedex 9France

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