The life of a single individual seldom matters –
large population shifts do count.
Innate behavior only goes so far –
to successfully deal with changing environments,
some learning is necessary.
Social learning enables novel behaviors
to become common.
Learning capacity and fitness correlate:
healthy insects can devote more resources
to information acquisition;
stressed-out ones tend to focus on survival.
Environmental stress can shift behavior patterns
in unforeseen ways.
Imprinting goes deeper than we imagine.
There are four main commands among insects:
forage, feed, fornicate, and fight.
Is our species actually so different?
Each smell tells a story:
images can be deceiving,
but scents are harder to fake.
When ordinary instruction fails,
a waggle dance sometimes suffices.