Sunday, March 4, 2012

Mathematicians Reveal Eating Behavior Bees

Mathematicians of the Queen Mary School of Mathematical Sience, Rainer Klages and Lars Chittka of the School of Biological and Chemical Science, UK revealed that bees have a unique fly patterns.

Both scientists are observing the behavior of bees while foraging. The results were published in the journal Physical Review Letters this month.

Bees are known to have visited some flower nectar. Occasionally visited by some direct interest to get it. Researchers tested how predators influence such behavior.

"In mathematics, we treat the bees as random objects moving toward the target which is also distributed at random," Klages said as quoted by the site Physorg, Friday (03/02/2012) then.

Klages and Chittka monitor the movement of bees and use fake spider as if a predator that will disturb the bees. Researchers found that when no predators, bees move regularly from flower to flower. However, when there are spiders, bees are more likely to spin.

In addition, through analysis of the velocity, the researchers also found that the velocity change at any time predators are also different from the absence of predators. The results contribute to theories about eating behavior. Predator factors, perception, and memory can also affect the feeding behavior of certain species.

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