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Learning and Flower Use in Butterflies: Hypotheses from Honey Bees

ByAlcinda C. Lewis, Gloria A. Lipani

A casual observation of insects collecting nectar in a field of flowers reveals striking differences among the species in behavior. In particular, honey bees (Apis mellifera) seem to earn their reputation for industrious and purposeful behavior while butterflies give the impression of aimless flight. 4 , 14 This view has persisted throughout years of research on the two groups. Richards, 56 a century after the first studies were reported, writes: