Bees have fascinating sensory and behavioural capacities: they can see ultraviolet and polarised light, can learn to navigate precisely over miles, they can learn numbers and sequences of landmarks, and some species even have a symbolic "language".
We study the mechanisms and
evolution of the sensory systems and behaviour of a wide variety of bee
species. We are especially interested in how vision, olfaction,
communication and learning behaviour are tuned to the environment, and
how they are used in the economy of nature.
Chittka Lab also hosts the Floral Reflectance Database (FReD).