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Bumblebees distinguish floral scent patterns, and can transfer these to corresponding visual patterns. / Lawson, Dave; Chittka, Lars; Whitney, Heather; Rands, Sean.

In: Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, Vol. 285, No. 1880, 20180661, 13.06.2018.

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Lawson, Dave ; Chittka, Lars ; Whitney, Heather ; Rands, Sean. / Bumblebees distinguish floral scent patterns, and can transfer these to corresponding visual patterns. In: Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 2018 ; Vol. 285, No. 1880.

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