Exploring mechanisms of behavioral flexibility and individual specialization through the comparison of members of multiple subspecies of honey bees.
Pérez Claudio, Eddie
AdvisorAgosto- Rivera, José L.
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In this thesis, we explore the cognitive basis for the emergence of individual foraging strategies (IFS) across multiple honey bee subspecies using Reversal Learning assays and Free-Flying foraging problems. In Chapter 1 we studied the Reversal Learning ability of two different honey bee subspecies during a Proboscis Extension Reflex Assay. We found significant differences in how the subspecies learned. In Chapter 2 we studied the different foraging strategies honey bees could take when solving a Free-Flying foraging problem and found Subspecies is a strong factor in deciding individual's strategies.