Guarding Vibrations—Axestotrigona ferruginea Produces Vibrations When Encountering Non-Nestmates

Abstract:

Abstract: Flower visiting stingless bees store collected pollen and nectar for times of scarcity. This stored food is of high value for the colony and should be protected against con- and that might rob them. There should be high selective pressure on the evolution of mechanisms todiscriminate nestmates from non-nestmates and to defend the nest, i.e., resources against intruders.Multimodal communication systems, i.e., a communication system that includes more than sensory modality and provide redundant information, should be more reliable than unimodal systems. Besides olfactory signals, vibrational signals could be used to alert nestmates. This tests the hypothesis that the vibrational communication mode plays a role in nest defense and nestmate recognition of Axestotrigona ferruginea. Substrate vibrations induced by bees were measured at different positions of the nest. The experiments show that guarding vibrations produced in the entrance differ in their temporal structure from foraging vibrations produced inside the nest. We show that guarding vibrations are produced during non-nestmate encounters rather than nestmate encounters. This further supports the idea that guarding vibrations are a component of nest defense and alarm communication. We discuss to whom the vibrations are addressed, and what their message and meaning are.
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APA

Krausa, K (2024). Guarding Vibrations—Axestotrigona ferruginea Produces Vibrations When Encountering Non-Nestmates. Afribary. Retrieved from https://afribary.com/works/guarding-vibrations-axestotrigona-ferruginea-produces-vibrations-when-encountering-non-nestmates

MLA 8th

Krausa, Kathrin "Guarding Vibrations—Axestotrigona ferruginea Produces Vibrations When Encountering Non-Nestmates" Afribary. Afribary, 10 Mar. 2024, https://afribary.com/works/guarding-vibrations-axestotrigona-ferruginea-produces-vibrations-when-encountering-non-nestmates. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

MLA7

Krausa, Kathrin . "Guarding Vibrations—Axestotrigona ferruginea Produces Vibrations When Encountering Non-Nestmates". Afribary, Afribary, 10 Mar. 2024. Web. 30 May. 2024. < https://afribary.com/works/guarding-vibrations-axestotrigona-ferruginea-produces-vibrations-when-encountering-non-nestmates >.

Chicago

Krausa, Kathrin . "Guarding Vibrations—Axestotrigona ferruginea Produces Vibrations When Encountering Non-Nestmates" Afribary (2024). Accessed May 30, 2024. https://afribary.com/works/guarding-vibrations-axestotrigona-ferruginea-produces-vibrations-when-encountering-non-nestmates