The antennae of insects are multisensory receptor organs for the perception of chemical and mechanical stimuli. In many insect groups the antennae are movable and display specific responses to various stimuli, even to moving targets which are perceived by the compound eyes. In hymenoptera, like bees and ants, the antennae can be used for communication by transmitting tactile signals and receiving multisensory information. The amount of information which can be conveyed by antennation from a sender to a receiver seems to be limited (Hölldobler & Wilson 1990) and plays an important role especially in recruiting other individuals from the same colony (Hölldobler & Wilson 1978). Also the exchange of food and “greeting” between individuals is accompanied by distinct antennation.


Mushroom Body Behavioural Plasticity Antennal Segment Dorsal Lobe Antennal Response 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joachim Erber
    • 1
  • Babette Pribbenow
    • 1
  1. 1.Technische UniversitätBerlinGermany

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