Ecology and Behaviour meeting in Strasbourg, France, March 21-24th, 2022. Young researchers have the opportunity to present their work in a friendly free of charge.

Animal Behaviour Live: second edition of the annual online conference on the 18th and 19th of November 2021. Once again, the conference is completely free of charge.

Dream in Octopus? exhibits active states with colour changes and rapid eye-movements which may indicate . Don't miss the nice videos of sleeping octopuses.
📄 Medeiros et al (2021) Cyclic alternation of quiet and active sleep states in the octopus. iScience

Science is not always theory driven. Purely descriptive studies can be fascinating too. Here is a collection of videos illustrating extremely rare behaviours in the including egg laying by the queen and brood care by workers. I have spent years working on bees, and I've never seen such a thorough work.
📄 Siefert et al (2021) Honey bee behaviours within the hive: Insights from long-term video analysis. PLoS ONE 16:e0247323

The regulation of division of labour in social insects is poorly understood. One can still find, in many textbooks, old models about "age polyethism". Here is a nice experimental work in which the behaviour of workers were continuously tracked for 5 months. The transition between nurse to forager tasks is largely age independent.
📄 Richardson et al. (2021) Current Biology 0

📄 Hughes et al (2021) Teaching animal behavior online: A primer for the pandemic and beyond. Ethology 127:14–31

Red squirrels may have found the fountain of youth: keeping the same neighbors over time.
📄 Chaine (2021) Social evolution: big benefits of BFFs. Current Biology 31:R72–R74

Ok, it's on twitter, but I am looking forward to reading some talks in this online scientific on animal behaviour.

Nice experimental design using artifact to study mating preference in .
📄 Romano & Stefanini (2021) Bio-robotic cues show how the Trinidadian guppy male recognises the morphological features of receptive females. Behavioural Processes 182:104283

How to appear bigger than you are? Male tree crickets use home-made baffle as sound-amplifier when communicating with females.
📄 Deb et al (2020) Baffling: a condition-dependent alternative mate attraction strategy using self-made tools in tree crickets. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 287:20202229

Know your enemy: snapping assesses recent victory history of their opponents before engaging in a fight against them.
📄 Dinh et al (2020) Winner effects and switching assessment strategies facilitate fast and frugal decisions in territorial contests. Animal Behaviour 170:189–205

Unusual case of acoustic batesian in spider species which mimics stridulation against predator.
📄 Pekár et al (2020) Spiders mimic the acoustic signalling of mutillid wasps to avoid predation: startle signalling or Batesian mimicry? Animal Behaviour 170:157–166

Evidence of in a tiny parasitoid , half millimetre long. Congratulation to Silene for this nice study.
📄 Lartigue et al (2020) Consistent variations in personality traits and their potential for genetic improvement of biocontrol agents: Trichogramma evanescens as a case study. PCI Ecology

Fecal defence: while otherwise very careful about the colony cleanliness, some bees spread bird or mammal on their hive as a defense against predator wasps.
📄 Mattila et al. (2020) Honey bees (Apis cerana) use animal feces as a tool to defend colonies against group attack by giant hornets (Vespa soror). PLoS ONE 15:e0242668

Grany cure in a species: russet sparrows incorporate fresh medical herb in their nest as anti-parasite treatment.
📄 Yang et al. (2020) Sparrows use a medicinal herb to defend against parasites and increase offspring condition. Current Biology 30:R1411–R1412

Collective decision and wisdom of the crowd: new considerations about the jury theorem in natural condition.
📄 Winklmayr et al (2020) The wisdom of stalemates: consensus and clustering as filtering mechanisms for improving collective accuracy. Proc R Soc Lond B 287:20201802

Fossil behaviours: towards behavioural .
📄 Hsieh & Plotnick (2020) The representation of animal behaviour in the fossil record. Animal Behaviour 169:65–80

Closing time effect: towards the end of the mating season, your acceptance threshold decreases (or the partner's attractiveness increases). Congratulation to Louise for this nice theoretical analysis.
📄 Chevalier et al (2020) Fluctuating dynamics of mate availability promote the evolution of flexible choosiness in both sexes. American Naturalist

composition determines social learning pathways within shoaling .
📄 Hasenjager et al (2020) Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 287:20201871

Effects of climate change on the incubation behaviour in nesting shorebirds. Incubation strategy modulates the trade-off between incubation and foraging.
📄 Meyer et al. (2021) Behavioural responses of breeding arctic sandpipers to ground-surface temperature and primary productivity. Science of The Total Environment 755:142485

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