Replication Kit For

Bumblebees show cognitive flexibility by improving on an observed complex behavior

Loukola, O. J., & Chittka, L. (2017).

Science (New York, NY), 836(February), 833–836.

Components

Home , Corridor, & Test arena
  • 40 × 28 × 11cm bipartite wooden nest box connected to Perspex corridor (25cm length; 3.5 × 3.5cm in cross-section),
  • (1) flight arena (60 × 43 × 25cm) where bees are trained and tested
  • Four plastic sliding doors located along the corridor that allow controlled access to the arena

(2) Test Platforms
  • (2) Blue circular plastic platforms (7 cm diameter)
  • (2) Yellow half-ball (8.5 mm in diameter) attached to the center

(1) Square Platform
  • Square plastic platform (7cm x 7cm)
  • half yellow ball (8.5mm in diameter)
  • 1mm diameter hole in center of half yellow ball

(8) Yellow Balls
  • (8) yellow wooden balls (Ø=12 mm) with no holes
  • (8) yellow wooden balls (Ø=8.5 mm) w
    th 6 holes (0.8 mm in diameter

Components

(1) Plastic model bumblebee

(1) Full Platform
  • Full platform 1 : Blue circular plastic platform (Ø=7 cm) with a hole (Ø=9 mm) at the center, with a painted yellow circle encompassing the center
  • Small encatchment underneath the platform center

(1) Full walled platform
  • One blue circular plastic platform (Ø=14 cm) with a hole (Ø=9 mm) at the center, with a painted yellow circle encompassing it (1.9 cm in diameter)
  • Three lanes (with 5 mm high plastic walls)
  • lanes converge into the centre at angles of 120o between

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