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Volume 2013, Article ID 768108, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/768108
Research Article

Social Learning in Bumblebees (Bombus impatiens): Worker Bumblebees Learn to Manipulate and Forage at Artificial Flowers by Observation and Communication within the Colony

Canadian Pollination Initiative (CANPOLIN), School of Environmental Sciences, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, Canada N1G 2W1

Received 17 May 2013; Revised 7 September 2013; Accepted 8 September 2013

Academic Editor: James C. Nieh

Copyright © 2013 Hamida B. Mirwan and Peter G. Kevan. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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