Bumblebees Learned to Pull Strings for Reward

Associative Mechanisms Allow for Social Lerning and Cultural Transmission of String Pulling in an Insect - Published October 5, 2016 PLOS Biology: http://journals.plos.org/plosbiology/article?id=10.1371/journal.pbio.1002564

Bumblebees Learned to Pull Strings For Reward
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Researchers trained bumblebees in a stepwise manner to pull a string to access a reward (sucrose). Other bumblebees learned by observing trained demonstrators from a distance. Only a small minority solved the task spontaneously. The experiments suggest that learning a nonnatural task in bumblebees can spread culturally through populations

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Associative Mechanisms Allow for Social Learning and Cultural Transmission of String Pulling in an Insect  Sylvain Alem, Clint J. Perry, Xingfu Zhu, Olli J. Loukola, Thomas Ingraham, Eirik Søvik, Lars Chittka

http://journals.plos.org/plosbiology/article?id=10.1371/journal.pbio.1002564