Exploring Individual Personalities Among Insects

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There are many different species of insects that have their own unique characteristics, but a couple of studies show how individual behavior varies wihin a particular species.


There are many different species of insects that have their own unique characteristics, but a couple of studies show how individual behavior varies within a particular species.
One group of researchers from the University of Illinois set out to find evidence of individual behavior patterns in honeybees.

They studied how the bees traveled, and found that the individuals searching for new nesting sites were also the ones that scouted for food.

The results point to an individual disposition that compels them to explore.

Another study from the University of Debrecen in Hungary looked at the behavior of fire bugs.

Enikő Gyuris, a biologist at the University of Debrecen who worked on the study said: “Our results show that there are personality differences between the individuals of the fire bug as we found that they behave consistently over time.”

Researchers measured three traits in the fire bugs including boldness, activity, and how much they explored an area.

They tested the individual bugs by placing them in a vial and opening it to see how fast they emerged, how many directions they moved in, and if they investigated new objects once they began exploring the area.

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