(papers in top tier journals in red)


217. Baracchi D., Marples A., Jenkins A.J., Leitch A.R. & Chittka L. (2017) Nicotine in floral nectar pharmacologically influences bumblebee learning of floral features. Scientific Reports 7, Article number: 1951. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-01980-1

216. Loukola O.J., Perry C.J., Coscos L. & Chittka L. (2017) Bumblebees show cognitive flexibility by improving on an observed complex behavior. Science 355(6327): 833-836. DOI: 10.1126/science.aag2360.

215. MaBouDi H., Shimazaki H., Giurfa M.& Chittka L. (2017) Olfactory learning without the mushroom bodies: Spiking neural network models of the honeybee lateral antennal lobe tract reveal its capacities in odour memory tasks of varied complexities. PLoS Comput Biol 13(6): e1005551. DOI:

214. Peng F. & Chittka L. (2017) A Simple Computational Model of the Bee Mushroom Body Can Explain Seemingly Complex Forms of Olfactory Learning and Memory. Current Biology 27(2): 224-230. DOI:

213. Perry C.J., Barron A.B. & Chittka L. (2017) The frontiers of insect cognition. Curr Opin Behav Sci 16:111-118. DOI:

212. Roper M., Fernando C. & Chittka L. (2017) Insect Bio-inspired Neural Network Provides New Evidence on How Simple Feature Detectors Can Enable Complex Visual Generalization and Stimulus Location Invariance in the Miniature Brain of Honeybees. PLoS Comput Biol 13(2): e1005333. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1005333.

211. Vasas V., Hanley D., Kevan P.G. & Chittka L. (2017) Multispectral images of flowers reveal the adaptive significance of using long-wavelength-sensitive receptors for edge detection in bees. Journal of Comparative Physiology A  203(4): 301-311. doi:10.1007/s00359-017-1156-x.

210. Wang MY., Vasas V., Chittka L. &  Yen SH. (2017) Sheep in wolf's clothing: multicomponent traits enhance the success of mimicry in spider-mimicking moths. Animal Behaviour 127:219-224. doi:10.1016/j.anbehav.2017.03.020



209. Alem S., Perry C.J., Zhu X., Loukola O.J., Ingraham T., Søvik E. & Chittka L. (2016) Associative Mechanisms Allow for Social Learning and Cultural Transmission of String Pulling in an Insect. PLoS Biology 14(10): e1002564. doi:10.1371/journal. pbio.1002564.

208. Baracchi D., Turillazzi S. & Chittka L. (2016) Facial patterns in a tropical social wasp correlate with colony membership. The Science of Nature 103: 80. doi:10.1007/s00114-016-1406-8.

207. Chittka L. (2016) Editorial overview: Behavioural ecology — molecular and neural mechanisms underpinning adaptive behaviour in insects. Current Opinion in Insect Science 15:vii–ix. DOI: 10.1016/j.cois.2016.05.002.

206. Dawson E.H., Chittka L. & Leadbeater E. (2016) Alarm substances induce associative social learning in honeybees, Apis mellifera. Animal Behaviour 122:17-22. DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2016.08.006.

205. Emberton S., Chittka L., Cavallaro A. & Wang M. (2016) Sensor Capability and Atmospheric Correction in Ocean Colour Remote Sensing. Remote Sensing, 8(1),1. DOI: 10.3390/rs8010001.

204. Lihoreau M., Chittka L., & Raine, N. E. (2016). Monitoring Flower Visitation Networks and Interactions between Pairs of Bumble Bees in a Large Outdoor Flight Cage. PloS one, 11(3), e0150844. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0150844.

203. Lihoreau M., Ings T. C., Chittka L., & Reynolds A. M. (2016). Signatures of a globally optimal searching strategy in the three-dimensional foraging flights of bumblebees. Scientific Reports 6, Article number: 30401. DOI:10.1038/srep30401.

202. Niven J.E. & Chittka L. (2016). Evolving understanding of nervous system evolution. Current Biology, 26(20):R937–R941; DOI:

201. Perry C.J., Baciadonna L. & Chittka L. (2016). Unexpected rewards induce dopamine-dependent positive emotion–like state changes in bumblebees. Science 353(6307):1529-1531; DOI: 10.1126/science.aaf4454.

200. Smolla M., Alem S., Chittka L., & Shultz S. (2016). Copy-when-uncertain: bumblebees rely on social information when rewards are highly variable. Biology Letters 12:20160188; DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2016.0188.

199. Whitney H. M., Reed A., Rands S. A., Chittka L., & Glover B. J. (2016). Flower iridescence increases object detection in the insect visual system without compromising object identity. Current Biology, 26:802-808. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2016.01.026.

198. Wolf S. & Chittka L. (2016) Male bumblebees, Bombus terrestris, perform equally well as workers in a serial colour-learning task. Animal Behaviour, 111:147-155. DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2015.10.009.

197. Woodgate J. L., Makinson J. C., Lim K. S., Reynolds A. M. & Chittka L. (2016) Life-Long Radar Tracking of Bumblebees. PLoS ONE 11(8): e0160333. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0160333.




196. Baracchi, D., Brown, M.J.F. & Chittka, L. (2015). Behavioural evidence for self-medication in bumblebees? F1000 Research, 4:73.


195. Baracchi, D., Petrocelli, I., Chittka, L., Ricciardi, G., & Turillazzi, S. (2015). Speed and accuracy in nest-mate recognition: a hover wasp prioritizes face recognition over colony odour cues to minimize intrusion by outsiders. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences, 282(1802), 20142750.


194. Emberton, S., Chittka, L.,  Cavallaro, A. (2015) Hierarchical rank-based veiling light estimation for underwater dehazing. In; Xie, X., Jones, M.W., Tam, G.K.L. (editors). Proceedings of the British Machine Vision Conference (BMVC), pages 125.1-125.12. BMVA Press, DOI: 10.5244/C.29.125;


193. Hunt, K. & Chittka, L. (2015). Merging of Long-Term Memories in an Insect Current Biology, 25:741–745.


192. Jones, P.L., Ryan, M.J. & Chittka, L. (2015). The influence of past experience with flower reward quality on social learning in bumblebees. Animal Behaviour, 101: 11-18.


191. McCarthy, E. W., Arnold, S. E. J., Chittka, L., Le Comber, S. C., Verity, R., Dodsworth, S., Knapp, S., Kelly, L. J., Chase, M. W., Baldwin, I. T., Kova IK, A., Mhiri, C., Taylor, L. & Leitch, A. R. (2015). The effect of polyploidy and hybridization on the evolution of floral colour in Nicotiana (Solanaceae)Annals of Botany, 115: 1117–1131.


190. Morawetz, L., Chittka, L. & Spaethe, J. (2015). Honeybees (Apis mellifera) exhibit flexible visual search strategies for vertical targets presented at various heights F1000Research, 3:174. 


189. Nityananda, V. & Chittka, L. (2015). Modality-specific attention in foraging bumblebees. Royal Society Open Science, 2:150324.


188. Sadd, B.M. & 143 other authors including Chittka, L. in position 130 (2015). The genomes of two key bumblebee species with primitive eusocial organisation. Genome Biology, 16:76.


187. Wang, M.Y., Brennan, C.H., Lachlan, R.F. & Chittka, L. (2015). Speed-accuracy trade-offs and individually consistent decision making by individuals and dyads of zebrafish in a colour discrimination task. Animal Behaviour, 103: 277-283.


186. Wolf, S., Roper, M. & Chittka, L. (2015) Bumblebees utilize floral cues differently on vertically and horizontally arranged flowers. Behavioural Ecology 26(3), 773–781. doi:10.1093/beheco/arv010.



185. Avarguѐs-Weber, A. & Chittka, L. (2014). Local enhancement or stimulus enhancement? Bumblebee social learning results in a specific pattern of flower preference. Animal Behaviour, 97: 185-191.


184. Avarguѐs-Weber, A. & Chittka, L. (2014). Observational Conditioning in Flower Choice Copying by Bumblebees (Bombus terrestris): Influence of Observer Distance and Demonstrator Movement. PloS ONE, 9(2): 1-5.


183. Chittka, L., Faruq, S., Skorupski, P. & Werner, A. (2014). Colour constancy in insects. Journal of Comparative Physiology A, DOI 10.1007/s00359-014-0897-z.


182. Chittka, L. & Raine, N.E. (2014). Bumblebee colour patterns and predation risk: a reply to Owen. Journal of Zoology, 292: 133-135.


181. Dawson, E.H. & Chittka, L. (2014). Bumblebees (Bombus terrestris) use social information as an indicator of safety in dangerous environments. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 281:1-5.


180. Hunt, K. & Chittka, L. (2014) False memory susceptibility is correlated with categorisation ability in humans. F1000Research, 3:154.


179. Nityananda, V., Skorupski, P. & Chittka, L. (2014) Can bees see at a glance? The Journal of Experimental Biology, 217: 1933-1939.



178. Avarguѐs-Weber, A., Dawson, E.H. & Chittka, L. (2013). Mechanisms of social learning across species boundaries. Journal of Zoology, 290: 1-11.


177. Chittka, L., Stelzer, R. & Stanewsky R. (2013). Daily changes in UV light levels can synchronize the circadian clock of bumblebees (Bombus terrestris). Chronobiology International, 30: 434-442.


176. Chittka, L. & Peng, F. (2013). Caffeine Boosts Bees’ Memories. Science, 309: 1157-1159.


175. Clare, E.L., Schiestl, F.P., Leitch, A.R. & Chittka, L. (2013). The promise of genomics in the study of plant-pollinator interactions. Genome Biology, 14:207.


174. Collett, M., Chittka, L.& Collett, T.S. (2013). Spatial Memory in Insect Navigation. Current Biology, 23(17): R789–R800.


173. Dawson, E.H., Avarguѐs-Weber, A., Chittka, L. & Leadbeater, E. (2013). Learning by observation emerges from simple associations in an insect model. Current Biology, 23: 727-730.


172. Faruq, S., McOwan, P.W. & Chittka, L. (2013). The biological significance of colour constancy: An agent-based model with bees foraging from flowers under varied illumination. Journal of Vision, 13(10):1-14.


171. Land, M. & Chittka, L. (2013). Vision. In: The Insects: Structure and Function, 5th Edition (eds. Simpson, S. J. and Douglas, A. E.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 708-737.


170. Lihoreau, M., Raine, N.E., Reynolds, A.M. Stelzer, R.J., Lim, K.S. Smith, A.D., Osborne, J.L. & Chittka, L. (2013). Unravelling the mechanisms of trapline foraging in bees. Communicative and Integrative Biology, 6: 1-4.


169. Papadopulos, A.S.T., Powell, M.P., Pupulin, F., Warner, J., Hawkins, J.A., Salamin, N., Chittka, L., Williams, N.H., Whitten, W.M., Loader, D., Valente, L.M., Mark W. Chase, M.W. & Savolainen, V. (2013). Convergent evolution of floral signals underlies the success of Neotropical orchids. Proc Royal Soc Lond B, 280: 20130960.


168. Reynolds, A.M., Lihoreau, M. & Chittka, L. (2013). A Simple Iterative Model Accurately Captures Complex Trapline Formation by Bumblebees Across Spatial Scales and Flower Arrangements. PLOS Computational Biology, 9: e1002938.


167. van der Woude, E., Smid, H.M., Chittka, L. & Huigens, M.E. (2013). Breaking Haller’s Rule: Brain-body size isometry in a minute parasitic wasp. Brain Behav Evol, 81: 86-92.


166. Vukusic, P. & Chittka, L. (2013). Visual signals: color and light production. In: The Insects: Structure and Function, 5th Edition (eds. Simpson, S. J. and Douglas, A. E.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 793-823.


165. Wang, M.Y., Ings, T.C., Proulx, M.J. & Chittka, L. (2013). Can bees simultaneously engage in adaptive foraging behaviour and attend to cryptic predators? Animal Behaviour, 86(4): 859-866.



164. Arnold, S.E.J. & Chittka, L. (2012). Illumination preference, illumination constancy and colour discrimination by bumblebees in an environment with patchy light. Journal of Experimental Biology, 215: 2173-2180.


163. Chittka, A., Wurm, Y. & Chittka, L. (2012). Epigenetics: The Making of Ant Castes. Current Biology, 22: R835-R838.


162. Chittka, L.,& Dyer, A. (2012). Your face looks familiar. Nature, 481: 154-155


161. Chittka, L., Rossiter, S.J., Skorupski, P. & Fernando, C. (2012). What is comparable in comparative cognition? Philosophical Transactions Of The Royal Society, 3671: 2677-2685.


160. Dawson, E.H. & Chittka, L. (2012). Conspecific and heterospecific information use in bumblebees. PloS ONE, 7: e31444.


159. Ings, T.C., Wang, M.Y. & Chittka, L. (2012) Colour independent shape recognition of cryptic predators by bumblebees. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 66: 487-496.


158. Lenz, F, Ings, T.C., Chittka L., Chechkin, A.V. & Klages, R. (2012). Spatiotemporal Dynamics of Bumblebees Foraging under Predation Risk. Physical Review Letters, 108: 1-5.


157. Lihoreau, M.D., Chittka, L., Le Comber, S.C. & Raine, N.E. (2012). Bees do not use nearest neighbour rules for optimization of multilocation routes. Biology Letters, 8: 13-16.


156. Lihoreau, M.D., Latty, T. & Chittka, L. (2012). An exploration of the social brain hypothesis in insects. Frontiers in Physiology, 442: 1-7.


155. Lihoreau, M.D., Raine, N.E., Reynolds, A.M., Stelzer, R.J., Lim, K.S., Smith, A.D., Osborne, J.L. & Chittka, L. (2012). Radar tracking and motion-sensitive cameras on flowers reveal the development of pollinator multi-destination routes over large spatial scales. PLoS Biology, 10: e1001392.


154. Muller, H. & Chittka, L. (2012). Consistent interindividual differences in discrimination performance by bumblebees (Hymenoptera: Apidae: Bombus terrestris) in colour, shape and odour learning tasks. Entomologia generalis, 34: 1-8.


153. Przybylowicz, T., Roessingh, P., Groot, A.T., Bismeijer, J.C. (Kroos), Oostermeijer, J.G.B., Chittka, L., & Gravendeel, B. (2012). Possible chemical mimicry of the European lady's slipper orchid (Cypripedium calceolus) . Contributions to Zoology, 81: 103-110.


152. Raine, N.E. & Chittka, L. (2012). No Trade-Off between Learning Speed and Associative Flexibility in Bumblebees: A Reversal Learning Test with Multiple Colonies. PLoS ONE, 7: e45096.



151. Chittka, L. & Jensen, K. (2011). Animal Cognition: Concepts from Apes to Bees. Current Biology, 21: R116-R119.


150. Chittka, L. & Skorupski, P.(2011). Information processing in miniature brains. Proc Royal Soc Lond B, 278: 885-888.


149. Doring, T.D., & Chittka. L. (2011). How human are insects and does it matter? Formosan Entomologist, 31: 85-99.


148. Leadbeater, E.A. & Chittka, L. (2011). Do inexperienced bumblebee foragers use scent makers as social information? Animal Cognition, 14: 915-919.


147. Lihoreau, M.D., Chittka, L. & Raine, N.E. (2011). Trade-off between travel distance and prioritization of high-reward sites in traplining bumblebees. Functional Ecology, 25: 1284–1292.


146. Mendl, M., Paul, E.S., & Chittka, L. (2011). Animal Behaviour: Emotion in Invertebrates? Current Biology, 21: D463-D465.


145. Skorupski, P. & Chittka, L. (2011). Photoreceptor processing speed and input resistance changes during light adaptation correlate with spectral class in the bumblebee, Bombus impatiens. PlosONE, 6: e25989.


144. Skorupski, P. & Chittka, L. (2011). Is colour cognitive? Optics and Laser Technology, 43: 251-260.


143. Whitney, H.M., Bennet, K.M.V., Dorling, M., Sandbach, L., Prince, D. Chittka, L. & Glover, B.J. (2011). Why do so many petals have conical epidermal cells? Annals of Botany, 108: 609-611.


142. Whitney, H.M., Poetes, R., Steiner, U., Chittka, L. & Glover, B.J. (2011). Determining the contribution of epidermal cell shape to petal wettability using isogenic antirrhinum lines. PloS One. 6: e17576.


141. Arnold, S.E.J., Faruq, S., Savoleinen V., McOwan P. & Chittka, L. (2010). FReD: The Floral Reflectance Database - a web portal for analyses of flower colour. PLoS One, 5: e14287.


140. Chittka, L. (2010). Q&A. Current Biology, 20: R1006-R1008.


139. Chittka, A. & Chittka, L. (2010). Epigenetics of Royalty. PLoS Biol, 8: e1000532.


138. Ings, T.C., Ings, N.L., Chittka, L. & Rasmont, P. (2010). A failed invasion? Commercially introduced pollinators in Southern France. Apidologie, 41: 1–13.


137. Kapustjansky, A., Chittka, L. & Spaethe, J. (2010). Bees use three-dimensional information to improve target detection. Naturwissenschaften, 97: 229–233.


136. Lihoreau, L., Chittka, L. & Raine, N.E. (2010). Travel Optimization by Foraging Bumblebees through Readjustments of Traplines after Discovery of New Feeding Locations The American Naturalist, 176(6):744-757.


135. Muller, H., Grossmann, H. & Chittka, L. (2010). ‘Personality’ in bumblebees: individual consistency in responses to novel colours? Animal Behaviour, 80: 1065-1074.


134. Niven, J.E. & Chittka, L. (2010). Reuse of identified neurons in multiple neural circuits Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 33: 4.


133. Skorupski, P. & Chittka, L. (2010). Photoreceptor Spectral Sensitivity in the Bumblebee, Bombus impatiens (Hymenoptera: Apidae). PLos One, 5: e12049.


132. Skorupski, P. & Chittka, L. (2010).Differences in Photoreceptor Processing Speed for Chromatic and Achromatic Vision in the Bumblebee Bombus terrestris. The Journal of Neuroscience, 30: 3896–3903.


131. Stelzer, R.J. & Chittka, L. (2010). Bumblebee foraging rhythms under the midnight sun measured with radiofrequency identification. BMC Biology, 8:93.


130. Stelzer, R.J., Chittka, L., Carlton, M. & Ings, T.C. (2010). Winter active bumblebees (Bombus terrestris) achieve high foraging rates in urban Britain. PLoS One, 5:e9559.


129. Stelzer, R.J., Raine, N.E., Schmitt, K.D. & Chittka, L. (2010). Effects of aposematic coloration on predation risk in bumblebees? A comparison between differently coloured populations, with consideration of the ultraviolet. Journal of Zoology, 282: 75-83.


128. Stelzer, R.J., Stanewsky, R. & Chittka, L. (2010). Circadian Foraging Rhythms of Bumblebees Monitored by Radio-frequency Identification. Journal of Biological Rhythms, 25: 257-267.


127. Arnold, S.E.J., Savolainen, V. & Chittka, L. (2009). Flower colours along an alpine altitude gradient, seen through the eyes of fly and bee pollinators. Arthropod-Plant Interactions, 3: 27–43.


126. Arnold, S.E.J., Le Comber, S.C. & Chittka, L. (2009). Flower color phenology in European grassland and woodland habitats, through the eyes of pollinators. Israel Journal of Plant Sciences, 57: 211–230.


125. Chittka, L. & Muller, H. (2009). Learning, specialization, efficiency and task allocation in social insects. Communicative & Integrative Biology, 2: 151-154.


124. Chittka, L. & Niven, J. (2009). Are Bigger Brains Better? Current Biology, 19: R995-R1008.


123. Chittka, L., Skorupski, P. & Raine, N.E. (2009). Speed-accuracy tradeoffs in animal decision making. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 24: 400-407.


122. Dangles, O., Irschick, D., Chittka, L. & Casas, J. (2009). Variability in sensory ecology: expanding the bridge between physiology and evolutionary biology. The Quarterly Review of Biology, 84: 51-74.


121. Ings, T.C. & Chittka L. (2009). Predator crypsis enhances behaviourally-mediated indirect effects on plants by altering bumblebee foraging preferences. Proc. Royal Soc. B, 276: 2031-2036.


120. Ings, T.C., Raine, N.E. & Chittka, L. (2009). A population comparison of the strength and persistence of innate colour preference and learning speed in the bumblebee Bombus terrestris. Behavioral Ecology & Sociobiology 63: 1207-1218.


119. Leadbeater, E.A. & Chittka L. (2009). Bumble-bees learn the value of social cues through experience. Biology Letters, 5: 310-312.


118. Leadbeater, E.A. & Chittka, L. (2009). Social information use in foraging insects. In: S. Jarau & M. Hrncir (eds.) Food Exploitation by Social Insects: Ecological, Behavioral, and Theoretical Approaches. CRC Press, pp. 135-146.


117. Molet, M., Chittka, L. & Raine, N.E. (2009). Potential application of the bumblebee foraging recruitment pheromone for commercial greenhouse pollination. Apidologie, 40: 608-616.


116. Molet, M., Chittka, L. & Raine N.E. (2009). How floral odours are learned inside the bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) nest. Naturwissenschaften, 96: 213-219.


115. Ollerton, J., Cranmer, L., Stelzer, R.J., Sullivan, S. & Chittka, L. (2009). Bird pollination of Canary Island endemic plants. Naturwissenschaften, 96: 221-232.


114. Raine, N.E. & Chittka, L. (2009). Measuring the adaptiveness of social insect foraging strategies - an empirical approach. In: S. Jarau & M. Hrncir (eds.) Food Exploitation by Social Insects: Ecological, Behavioral, and Theoretical Approaches. CRC Press, pp. 9-28.


113. Whitney, H.M., Chittka L., Bruce, T.J.A. & Glover, B.J. (2009). Conical Epidermal Cells Allow Bees to Grip Flowers and Increase Foraging Efficiency. Current Biology, 19: 948-953.


112. Whitney, H.M., Kolle, M., Andrew, P., Chittka L., Steiner U. & Glover B.J. (2009). Response to Comment on “Floral Iridescence, Produced by Diffractive Optics, Acts As a Cue for Animal Pollinators” Science, 325: 1072.


111. Whitney, H.M., Kolle, M., Andrew, P., Chittka L., Steiner, U. & Glover B.J. (2009). Floral Iridescence, Produced by Diffractive Optics, Acts As a Cue for Animal Pollinators. Science, 323: 130-133.


110. Ings, T.C. & Chittka, L. (2008). Speed accuracy tradeoffs and false alarms in bee responses to cryptic predators. Current Biology, 18: 1520-1524.


109. Leadbeater, E. & Chittka L. (2008). Social transmission of nectar-robbing behaviour in bumble-bees. Proc. R. Soc. B, 275: 1669-1674.


108. Molet, M., Chittka L, Stelzer, R.J.,  Streit, S. & Raine, N.E. (2008). Colony nutritional status modulates worker responses to foraging recruitment pheromone in the bumblebee Bombus terrestris . Behavioral Ecology & Sociobiology, 62: 1919–1926. Supplementary material.


107. Muller, H. & Chittka, L. (2008). Animal personalities: the advantage of diversity. Current Biology, 20: pR961-R963.


106. Raine, N.E. & Chittka L. (2008). The correlation of learning speed and natural foraging success in bumble-bees. Proceedings of the Royal Society Series B, 275: 803-808. Supplementary material.


105. Whitney H.M., Dyer A., Chittka, L., Rands S.A. & Glover B.J. (2008). The interaction of temperature and sucrose concentration on foraging preferences in bumblebees. Naturwissenschaften, 95: 845-850.


104. Chittka L. & Döring T.F. (2007). Are autumn foliage colours red signals to aphids? PLoS Biology, 5: 1640-1644.


103. Chittka L., Osorio D. (2007). Cognitive Dimensions of Predator Responses to Imperfect Mimicry. PLoS Biology, 5: 2754-2758.


102. Chittka, L. & Spaethe, J. (2007). Visual search and the importance of time in complex decision making by bees. Arthropod-Plant Interactions, 1: 37-44.


101. Döring, T.F. & Chittka, L. (2007). Visual ecology of aphids - a critical review on the role of colours in host finding. Arthropod-Plant Interactions, 1:3-16.


100. Dyer, A.G., Whitney, H.M., Arnold, S.E.J., Glover, B.J. & Chittka,  L. (2007). Mutations perturbing petal cell shape and anthocyanin synthesis influence bumblebee perception of Antirrhinum majus flower colour. Arthropod-Plant Interactions, 1:45-55.


99. Leadbeater, E. & Chittka L. (2007). Social learning in insects - From miniature brains to consensus building. Current Biology, 17: R703-713.


98. Leadbeater, E. & Chittka, L. (2007). The dynamics of social learning in an insect model, the bumblebee (Bombus terrestris). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 61: 1789-1796.


97. Raine, N.E, & Chittka, L. (2007). Nectar production rates of 75 bumblebee-visited flower species in a German flora (Hymenoptera: Apidae: Bombus terrestris). Entomologia Generalis, 30: 191-192.


96. Raine, N.E. & Chittka, L. (2007). The adaptive significance of sensory bias in a foraging context: floral colour preferences in the bumblebee Bombus terrestris . PLoS One, 2: e556.


95. Raine, N.E. & Chittka, L. (2007). Flower constancy and memory dynamics in bumblebees (Hymenoptera: Apidae: Bombus). Entomologia Generalis, 29: 179-199.


94. Raine, N.E. & L Chittka. (2007). Pollen foraging: learning a complex motor skill by bumblebees (Bombus terrestris). Naturwissenschaften, 94: 459-464.


93. Saleh, N. & Chittka, L. (2007). Traplining in bumblebees (Bombus impatiens): a foraging strategy's ontogeny and the importance of spatial reference memory in short range foraging. Oecologia, 151: 719-730.


92. Saleh, N., Scott A. G., Bryning G. P. & Chittka L. (2007). Distinguishing signals and cues: bumblebees use general footprints to generate adaptive behaviour at flowers and nest. Arthropod Plant Interactions, 1: 119-127.


91. Skorupski, P., Doering, T. & Chittka, L. (2007). Photoreceptor spectral sensitivity in island and mainland populations of the bumblebee, Bombus terrestris. Journal of Comparative Physiology A, 193: 485-494.


90. Stelzer, R., Ollerton, J. & Chittka, L. (2007). Kein Nachweis für Hummelbesuch der Kanarischen Vogelblumen (Hymenoptera: Apidae). Entomologia generalis, 30: 153-154.


89. Chittka L. & Raine, N.E. (2006). Recognition of flowers by pollinators. Current Opinion in Plant Biology, 9: 428-435.


88. Dornhaus, A., Klügl, F., Oechslein, C., Puppe, F., & Chittka, L. (2006). Benefits of recruitment in honey bees: ecology and colony size. Behavioral Ecology, 17: 336-344.


87. Dyer, A.G., Whitney, H.M., Arnold , S.E.J., Glover, B.J. & Chittka, L. (2006). Bees associate warmth with flower colour. Nature, 442: 525-525.


86. Ings, T.C., Ward, N.L. & Chittka, L. (2006). Can commercially imported bumblebees out-compete their native conspecifics? Journal of Applied Ecology, 43: 940-948. (with cover page).


85. Leadbeater, E., Raine, N.E. & Chittka L. (2006). Social learning: ants and the meaning of teaching. Current Biology, 16: R323-R325.


84. Raine, N.E., Ings, T.C., Dornhaus, A, Saleh, N. & Chittka, L. (2006). Adaptation, chance, and history in the evolution of bee foraging behavior. Advances in the Study of Behavior, 36: 305-354.


83. Raine, N. E., Ings T. C., Ramos-Rodríguez O. & Chittka L. (2006). Intercolony variation in learning performance of a wild British bumblebee population (Hymenoptera: Apidae: Bombus terrestris audax ). Entomologia Generalis, 28: 241-256.


82. Saleh, N. & Chittka, L. (2006). The importance of experience in the interpretation of conspecific chemical signals. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 61: 215-220.


81. Saleh, N., Ohashi, K., Thomson, J.D. & Chittka L. (2006). Facultative use of the repellent scent mark in foraging bumblebees: complex versus simple flowers. Animal Behaviour, 71: 847-854.


80. Skorupski, P. & Chittka, L. (2006). Animal Cognition: an Insect's Sense of Time? Current Biology, 16: R851-R853.


79. Skorupski, P., Spaethe, J. & Chittka, L. (2006). Visual search and decision making in Bees: Time, Speed and Accuracy. International Journal of Comparative Psychology, 19: 342-357.


78. Spaethe, J., Tautz, J. & Chittka, L. (2006). Do honeybees detect colour targets using serial or parallel visual search? The Jounal of Experimental Biology, 209: 987-993.


77. Chittka, L. & Brockmann, A. (2005). Perception space, the final frontier. PLoS Biology, 3: 564-568.


76. Chittka, L. & Leadbeater, E. (2005). Social learning: public information in insects. Current Biology, 15: R869-R871.


75. Chittka, L. & Kevan, P.G. (2005). Flower colour as advertisement. In Dafni, A., Kevan, P.G., Husband, B.C. (eds.) Practical Pollination Biology. Enviroquest Ltd., Cambridge , ON , Canada , pp. 157-196.


74. Dornhaus, A. & Chittka, L. (2005). Bumble bees store both food and information in honeypots. Behavioral Ecology, 16: 661-666.


73. Dyer, A., Neumeyer, C., Chittka, L. (2005). Honeybee ( Apis mellifera ) vision can discriminate between and recognise images of human faces. Journal of Experimental Biology, , 208: 4709-4714 (with cover page, and coverage in New Scientist).


72. Heiling, A.M., Cheng, K., Chittka, L. , Goeth, A. & Herberstein , M.E. (2005). The role of UV in crab spider signals: effects on perception by prey and predators. Journal of Experimental Biology, 208: 3925-3931.


71. Heiling, A.M., Chittka, L., Cheng, K. & Herberstein , M.E. (2005). Colouration in crab spiders – substrate choice and prey attraction. Journal of Experimental Biology, 208: 1785-1792.


70. Ings, T., Schikora, J. & Chittka, L. (2005). Bumblebees, humble pollinators or assiduousinvaders?  A population comparison of foraging performance in Bombus terrestris. Oecologia, 144: 508-516.


69. Ings, T., Raine, N.E. & Chittka, L. (2005). Mating Preference of Commercially Imported Bumblebees ( Bombus terrestris ) in Britain (Hymenoptera: Apidae). Entomologia generalis, 28: 233-238.


68. Leadbeater, E. & Chittka, L. (2005). A new mode of information transfer in bumblebees. Current Biology, 15: R447-R448. (with commentary in Nature , Science News , and The Guardian)


67. Lotto, R.B. & Chittka, L. (2005). Seeing the light: Illumination as a contextual cue to color choice behavior in bumblebees. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 102: 3852-3856.


66. Mena Granero, A., Guerra Sanz, J.M., Egea Gonzalez FJ, Martinez Vidal, JL, Dornhaus, A. Ghani, J., Roldán Serrano, A. & Chittka, L. (2005). Chemical compounds of the foraging recruitment pheromone in bumblebees. Naturwissenschaften, 92: 371-374.


65. Raine, N.E. & Chittka, L. (2005). Comparison of flower constancy and foraging performance in three bumblebee species (Hymenoptera: Apidae: Bombus). Entomologia generalis, 28: 81-89.


64. Raine, N.E. & Chittka, L. (2005). Colour preferences in relation to the foraging performance and fitness of the bumblebee Bombus terrestris . Uludag Bee Journal, 5: 145-150.


63. Rasmont, P., Regali, A., Ings, T.C., Lognay, G., Baudart, E., Marlier, M., Delcarte, E., Viville, P., Marot, C., Falmagne, P., Verhaeghe, J.-C. & Chittka, L. (2005). Analysis of the pollen and nectar of Arbutus unedo as a food source for Bombus terrestris (Hymenoptera, Apidae). Journal of Economic Entomology, 98: 656-663.      


62. Chittka, L. (2004). Dances as windows into insect perception. PLoS Biology, 2:898-900.  

61. Chittka, L., Ings, T. & Raine, N.E. (2004). Chance and adaptation in the evolution of island bumblebee behaviour. Population Ecology, 46: 243-251.


60. Chittka, L., & Wells, H. (2004). Color vision in bees: mechanisms, ecology and evolution. In: Prete, F.: Complex Worlds from simpler nervous systems; MIT Press, Boston pp. 165-191.


59. Dornhaus, A. & Chittka, L. (2004). Information flow and regulation of foraging activity in bumble bees (Bombus spp). Apidologie, 35: 183-192.


58. Dornhaus, A. & Chittka, L. (2004). Why do honeybees dance? Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology, 55: 395-401.


57. Dyer, A.G. & Chittka, L. (2004). Bumblebees (Bombus terrestris) sacrifice foraging speed to learn difficult colour discrimination tasks. Journal of Comparative Physiology A, 190: 759-763.


56. Dyer, AG. & Chittka, L. (2004). Biological significance of discriminating between similar colours in spectrally variable illumination: bumblebees as a study case. Journal of Comparative Physiology A, 190: 105-114.


55. Dyer, A.G. & Chittka, L. (2004). Bumblebee search times without ultraviolet light. Journal of Experimental Biology, 207: 1683-1688.


54. Dyer, A.G. & Chittka, L. (2004). Fine colour discrimination requires differential conditioning in bumblebees. Naturwissenschaften, 91: 224-227.


53. Smith, C., Barber, I., Wootton, R.J. & Chittka, L. (2004). A receiver bias in the origin of threespine stickleback mate choice. Proceedings of the Royal Society London Series B, 271: 949-955.


52. Chittka, L., Dyer, A.G., Bock, F. & Dornhaus, A. (2003). Bees trade off foraging speed for accuracy. Nature, 424: 388-388.


51. Chittka, L. & Tautz, J. (2003). The spectral input to honeybee visual odometry. Journal of Experimental Biology, 206: 2393-2397.


50. Dornhaus, A., Brockmann, A. & Chittka, L. (2003). Bumble bees alert to food with pheromone from tergal gland. Journal of Comparative Physiology A, 189: 47-51.


49. Heiling, A. M., Herberstein, M. E. & Chittka, L. (2003). Crab-spiders manipulate flower signals. Nature, 421: 334-334.


48. Spaethe, J. & Chittka, L. (2003). Interindividual variation of eye optics and single object resolution in bumblebees. Journal of Experimental Biology, 206: 3447-3453.      


47. Chittka, L. (2002). The influence of intermittent rewards on learning to handle flowers in bumblebees. Entomologia generalis, 26: 85-91.      


46. Briscoe, A. & Chittka, L. (2001). The evolution of colour vision in insects. Annual Review of Entomology, 46: 471-510.


45. Chittka L. (2001). Camouflage of Predatory Crab Spiders on Flowers, and the Colour Perception of Bees. Entomologia generalis, 25: 181-187.


44. Chittka, L., & Briscoe, A. (2001). Why sensory ecology needs to become more evolutionary – insect color vision as a case in point. In Barth, F.G., Schmid, A. (ed.) Ecology of Sensing, Springer Verlag, Berlin , pp.19-38.


43. Chittka, L., & Schürkens S. (2001). Successful invasion of a floral market. Nature, 411: 653-653.


42. Chittka, L. & Thomson, J.D. (2001). Cognitive Ecology – Preface. In: Chittka,L. & Thomson, J.D. (eds.) Cognitive Ecology of Pollination. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge , pp. x-xiii.


41. Chittka, L., Spaethe, J., Schmidt, A., Hickelsberger, A. (2001). Adaptation, constraint, and chance in the evolution of flower color and pollinator color vision. In: Chittka, L. & Thomson, J.D. (eds.) Cognitive Ecology of Pollination. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge , pp. 106-126.

40. Dornhaus, A. & Chittka, L. (2001). Food alert in bumblebees: possible mechanisms and evolutionary implications. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 50: 570-576.


39. Kevan, P.G., Chittka, L., Dyer, A. (2001). Limits to the salience of ultraviolet – lessons from color vision in bees and birds. Journal of Experimental Biology, 204: 2571-2580.


38. Schürkens, S., Chittka, L. (2001). The significance of the invasive Crucifer species Bunias orientalis (Brassicaceae) as a nectar source for central European insects. Entomologia generalis, 25: 115-120.


37. Spaethe, J., Tautz, J. & Chittka, L. (2001). Visual constraints in foraging bumble bees: flower size and colour affect search time and flight behavior. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 98: 3898-3903.


36. Thomson, J.D. & Chittka, L. (2001). Pollinator individuality: when does it matter? In: Chittka, L. & Thomson, J.D. (eds.) Cognitive Ecology of Pollination. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge , pp. 191-213.


    Chittka, L. & Thomson, J.D. (eds.) 2001.Cognitive Ecology of Pollination - Animal Behavior and Floral Evolution. Cambridge University Press, 423pp.


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35. Chittka, L. (1999). Bees, white flowers, and the color hexagon – a reassessment? No, not yet. Naturwissenschaften, 86: 595-597.


34. Chittka, L., Thomson, J.D. Waser, N.M (1999). Flower constancy, insect psychology, and plant evolution. Naturwissenschaften, 86: 361-377.


33. Chittka, L., Williams, N., Rasmussen, H., Thomson, J.D. (1999). Navigation without vision –bumble bee orientation in complete darkness. Proceedings of the Royal Society London Series B, 266: 45-50 (with commentary in Science News).


32. Dornhaus, A. & Chittka, L. (1999). Evolutionary origins of bee dances. Nature, 401: 38-38.


31. Gumbert, A., Kunze, J. & Chittka, L. (1999). Flower color diversity in plant communities, bee color space, and a null model. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 266: 1711-1716.


30. Chittka, L. (1998). Sensori-motor learning in bumble bees: long term retention and reversal training. Journal of Experimental Biology, 201: 515-524 (with commentary in New Scientist).


29. Menzel, R., Geiger, K., Mueller, U., Joerges, J. & Chittka, L. (1998). Bees travel novel homeward routes by integrating separately acquired vector memories. Animal Behaviour, 55: 139-152.


28. Waser, N.M. & Chittka, L. (1998). Bedazzled by flowers. Nature, 394: 835-836.


27. Chittka, L. (1997). Bee color vision is optimal for coding flower colors, but flower colors are not optimal for being coded - why? Israel Journal of Plant Sciences, 45: 115-127.


26. Chittka, L., Gumbert, A. & Kunze, J. (1997). Foraging dynamics of bumble bees: correlates of movements within and between plant species. Behavioral Ecology, 8: 239-249.


25. Chittka, L., Schorn, J., de Souza, J.M., Ventura, D.F. & Camargo, J.M.F. (1997). The nest entrance signal of the Amazonian bees Partamona pearsoni - a case where insects design their own flight targets. In: Kipyatkov, V.E. (ed.) Proceedings of the Colloquia on Social Insects, Volume 3-4, pp.107-116.


24. Chittka, L. & Thomson, J.D (1997). Sensori-motor learning and its relevance for task specialization in bumble bees. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 41: 385-398.


23. Chittka, L. & Waser, N.M. (1997). Why red flowers are not invisible for bees. Israel Journal of Plant Sciences, 45: 169-183 (with commentary in TREE).


22. Chittka, L. (1996). Optimal sets of colour receptors and opponent processes for coding of natural objects in insect vision. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 181: 179-196.


21. Chittka, L. (1996). Does bee colour vision predate the evolution of flower colour? Naturwissenschaften, 83: 136-138 (with commentary in Discover Magazine).


20. Kevan, P.G., Giurfa, M. & Chittka, L. (1996). Why are there so many and so few white flowers? Trends in Plant Sciences, 1: 280-284.


19. Kunze, J. & Chittka, L. (1996). Bees and butterflies fly faster when plants feed them more nectar. In: Goettingen Neurobiology Report 1996, (eds. Elsner, N. & Schnitzler, H.) Stuttgart:Thieme Verlag, p. 109.


18. Lunau, K., Wacht, S. & Chittka, L. (1996). Colour choices of naive bumble bees and their implications for colour perception. Journal of Comparative Physiology A, 178: 477-489.


17. Maloney, L.T. & Chittka, L. (1996). Is color constancy biologically relevant? Consequences of different color constancy algorithms for simulated bee foraging performance. In: Göttingen Neurobiology Report 1996, (eds. Elsner, N. & Schnitzler, H.) Stuttgart:Thieme Verlag, p. 340.


16. Menzel, R., Geiger, K., Chittka, L., Joerges, J., Kunze, J., and Mueller, U. (1996). The knowledge base of bee navigation. Journal of Experimental Biology, 199: 141-146.


15. Waser , N.M., Chittka, L., Price, M.V., Williams, N. & Ollerton, J. (1996). Generalization in pollination systems, and why it matters. Ecology, 77: 1043-1060.


14. Chittka, L. & Geiger, K. (1995). Can honeybees count landmarks? Animal Behaviour, 49: 159-164 (with commentary in New Scientist).


13. Chittka, L. & Geiger, K. (1995). Honeybee long-distance orientation in a controlled environment. Ethology, 99: 117-126.


12. Chittka, L., Kunze, J. & Geiger, K. (1995). The influences of landmarks on distance estimation of honeybees. Animal Behaviour, 50: 23-31.


11. Chittka, L., Kunze, J., Shipman, C. & Buchmann, S.L. (1995). The significance of landmarks for path integration of homing honey bee foragers. Naturwissenschaften, 82: 341-343.


10. Giurfa, M., Nunez, J., Chittka, L., & Menzel, R. (1995). Colour preferences of flower-naive honeybees. Journal of Comparative Physiology A, 177: 247-259.


9. Chittka, L., Shmida, A., Troje, N. & Menzel, R. (1994). Ultraviolet as a component of flower reflections, and the colour perception of hymenoptera. Vision Research, 34: 1489-1508.


8. Chittka, L. (1993) The colour perception of Hymenoptera, the colours of flowers, and their evolutionary and ecological relationship. PhD Dissertation, Free University of Berlin.


7. Chittka, L., Vorobyev, M., Shmida, A. & Menzel, R. (1993). Bee colour vision - the optimal system for the discrimination of flower colours with three spectral photoreceptor types? In: Sensory Systems of Arthropods, (edited by Wiese, K., Gribakin, F.G., Popov, A.V. and Renninger, G.) Basel/Switzerland:Birkhäuser Verlag, p. 211-218.


6. Chittka, L. (1992). The color hexagon: a chromaticity diagram based on photoreceptor excitations as a generalized representation of colour opponency. Journal of Comparative Physiology A, 170: 533-543.


5. Chittka, L., Beier, W., Hertel, H., Steinmann, E. & Menzel, R. (1992). Opponent colour coding is a universal strategy to evaluate the photoreceptor inputs in hymenoptera. Journal of Comparative Physiology A, 170: 545-563.


4. Chittka, L., Bonn, A., Geiger, K., Hellstern, F., Klein, J., Koch, G., Meuser, S. & Menzel, R. (1992). Do bees navigate by means of snapshot memory pictures? In: Rhythmogenesis in neurons and networks: Proceedings of the 20th Göttingen Neurobiology Conference, (edited by Elsner, N. and Richter), D.W.Stuttgart: Georg Thieme Verlag, p. 694.


3. Chittka, L. & Menzel, R. (1992). The evolutionary adaptation of flower colors and the insect pollinators' color vision systems. Journal of Comparative Physiology A 171:171-181.


2. Menzel, R., Chittka, L., Eichmüller, S., Geiger, K., Peitsch, D. & Knoll, P. (1990). Dominance of celestial cues over landmarks disproves map-like orientation in honey bees. Zeitschrift für Naturforschung 45c:723-726.


1. Chittka, L., Hoffmann, M. & Menzel, R. (1988). Discrimination of UV-green patterns in honey bees. In: Sense organs, (edited by Elsner, N. and Barth), F.G.Stuttgart: Thieme, p. 218.


Jeremy Hance. (2010). Uncovering the intelligence of insects, an interview with Lars Chittka. June 29, 2010.

Molet, M., Chittka, L. & Raine N. (2009). Bumblebee Foraging Pheromones. Bee Craft July 2009: 20.

Döring, T.F., Hardie, J., Leather, S., Spaethe, J. & Chittka L. (2008). Can aphids play football? Antenna, 32: 146-147.

Döring, T.F. & Chittka, L. (2007). Lesley Goodman award public lecture series on insect vision. Antenna, 31: 187-189.

Chittka, L. (2007). Seeing red by accident? Planet Earth, pp. 30-31.

Chittka, L. & Walker, J. (2007). Insects as art lovers: Bees for Van Gogh. Antennae, 2: 37-42.

Whitney, H. & Chittka, L. (2007). Warm Flowers, Happy pollinators. Biologist, 54: 154-159.

Chittka, L. & Walker, J. (2006). Do bees like Van Gogh’s Sunflowers? Optics and Laser Technology, 38: 323-328 (with coverage on BBC and ABC news, Science , New Scientist, Art Monthly, The Times, and multiple radio stations).

Chittka, L. & Dornhaus, A. (1999). Comparisons in physiology and evolution, and why bees can do the things they do. Ciencia al Dia International, 2: 1-17. (electronic publication).


Chittka, L. & Mesoudi, A. (2011). A review of: Honeybee Democracy. Seeley, Thomas D. Princeton University Press, 2010. Science, 331:401.

Chittka, L. (2007). A review of: Letters from the Hive – An Intimate History of Bees, Honey, and Humankind. Buchmann S & Banning R. Entomologia generalis, 29:164.

Chittka, L. (2007). A review of: Asian Honey Bees – Biology, Conservation, and Human Interactions. Oldroyd BP & Wongsiri S. Entomologia generalis, 29:284.

Chittka, L. (2007). A review of: A Field Guide in Colour to Bees and Wasps. Zahradnik J & Severa F. Entomologia generalis, 29:134.

Chittka, L. (2007). A review of: Bumblebees. Prys-Jones OE & Corbet SA. Entomologia generalis, 29:123.

Chittka, L. (2007). A review of: Bumblebees – Behaviour and Ecology. Goulson DG. Entomologia generalis, 29:134.

Chittka, L. (2003).Plants and animals, forever entangled. A review of: “Plant-Animal Interactions”. C. Herrera & O. Pellmyr (eds.). Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 18: 12-13.

Chittka, L. (1999). Spatial Representation in Animals. Sue Healy (ed.). Animal Behaviour, 57: 735-736.

Chittka, L. (1999). Learning and Adaptation. A review of: "Cognitive Ecology: The Evolutionary Ecology of Information Processing and Decision Making". Reuven Dukas (ed.). Quaterly Review of Biology, 74: 326-327.