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How do stingless bees navigate around spider webs?

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posted on 2022-11-11, 03:43 authored by Vaishnavi Sathyakumar

Animals need to navigate complex natural environments to perform important life functions. They encounter numerous obstacles during navigation. Collisions with obstacles have serious consequences for animals, especially insects. In order to avoid collisions with obstacles, flying and walking insects make use of various visual as well as non-visual strategies for navigation. This review mainly focuses on the role that vision plays in facilitating obstacle avoidance of stationary or moving obstacles in complex environments. It is shown that strategies like detection of gaps between obstacles, performing evasive maneuvers are crucial for successful obstacle avoidance. The physiological conditions of insects that significantly affect these behaviours as well as the neural requisites needed to activate these behaviours has also been discussed. In conclusion, it is noted that insects are capable of navigating obstacles in spatially complex environments despite the limitations of their sensory systems.


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A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Research

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis MRes


Thesis (MRes), Macquarie University, Faculty of Science of Engineering, 2022

Department, Centre or School

Department of Biological Sciences

Year of Award


Principal Supervisor

Ajay Narendra

Additional Supervisor 1

Dinesh Rao

Additional Supervisor 2

Fleur Ponton


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