Dr Natalie Hempel de Ibarra
Senior Lecturer in Neuroethology

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Key publications



Nicholls E, Hempel de Ibarra N (2017). Assessment of pollen rewards by foraging bees. Functional Ecology, 31(1), 76-87. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Robert T, Frasnelli E, Collett TS, Hempel de Ibarra N (2017). Male bumblebees perform learning flights on leaving a flower but not when leaving their nest. The Journal of Experimental Biology, 220, 930-937. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Hempel de Ibarra N, Langridge K, Vorobyev M (2015). More than colour attraction: behavioural functions of flower patterns. Current opinion in insect science Abstract.  Full text.
Riabinina O, Hempel de Ibarra N, Philippides A, Collett TS (2014). Head movements and the optic flow generated during the learning flights of bumblebees. The Journal of Experimental Biology, 217, 2633-2642. Abstract.  Full text.
Hempel de Ibarra N, Vorobyev M, Menzel R (2014). Mechanisms, functions and ecology of colour vision in the honeybee. Journal of Comparative Physiology A: sensory, neural, and behavioral physiology, 200, 411-433. Abstract.  Full text.
Davies TW, Bennie J, Inger R, Hempel de Ibarra N, Gaston KJ (2013). Artificial light pollution: are shifting spectral signatures changing the balance of species interactions?. Glob Chang Biol Abstract.  Author URL. DOI.

Publications by category


Journal articles

Balamurali GS, Nicholls E, Somanathan H, Hempel de Ibarra N (2018). A comparative analysis of colour preferences in temperate and tropical social bees. Naturwissenschaften, 105 Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Robert T, Frasnelli E, Hempel de Ibarra N, Collett TS (2018). Variations on a theme: Bumblebee learning flights from the nest and from. flowers. Journal of Experimental Biology Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Nicholls E, Hempel de Ibarra N (2017). Assessment of pollen rewards by foraging bees. Functional Ecology, 31(1), 76-87. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Chow PKY, Lea SEG, Hempel de Ibarra N, Robert T (2017). How to stay perfect: the role of memory and behavioural traits in an experienced problem and a similar problem. Animal Cognition Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Robert T, Frasnelli E, Collett TS, Hempel de Ibarra N (2017). Male bumblebees perform learning flights on leaving a flower but not when leaving their nest. The Journal of Experimental Biology, 220, 930-937. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Harrap M, Rands S, Hempel de Ibarra N, Whitney H (2017). The diversity of floral temperature patterns, and their use by pollinators. eLife, 6 Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Collett TS, Philippides A, Hempel de Ibarra N (2016). Insect Navigation: How Do Wasps Get Home?. Curr Biol, 26(4), R166-R168. Abstract.  Author URL. DOI.
Shephard TV, Lea SEG, Hempel de Ibarra N (2015). 'The thieving magpie'? No evidence for attraction to shiny objects. Anim Cogn, 18(1), 393-397. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text. DOI.
Nicholls EK, Ehrendreich D, Hempel de Ibarra N (2015). Differences in color learning between pollen- and sucrose-rewarded bees. Communicative & Integrative Biology, 8(4), 1-4. Abstract.  Full text.
Hempel de Ibarra N, Langridge K, Vorobyev M (2015). More than colour attraction: behavioural functions of flower patterns. Current opinion in insect science Abstract.  Full text.
Balamurali GS, Somanathan H, Hempel de Ibarra N (2015). Motion cues improve the performance of harnessed bees in a colour learning task. Journal of Comparative Physiology A: Neuroethology, Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology, 201(5), 505-511. Abstract. DOI.
Nicholls E, Hempel de Ibarra N (2014). Bees associate colour cues with differences in pollen rewards. J Exp Biol, 217, 2783-2788. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text. DOI.
Riabinina O, Hempel de Ibarra N, Philippides A, Collett TS (2014). Head movements and the optic flow generated during the learning flights of bumblebees. The Journal of Experimental Biology, 217, 2633-2642. Abstract.  Full text.
Hempel de Ibarra N, Vorobyev M, Menzel R (2014). Mechanisms, functions and ecology of colour vision in the honeybee. Journal of Comparative Physiology A: sensory, neural, and behavioral physiology, 200, 411-433. Abstract.  Full text.
Davies TW, Bennie J, Inger R, Hempel de Ibarra N, Gaston KJ (2013). Artificial light pollution: are shifting spectral signatures changing the balance of species interactions?. Glob Chang Biol Abstract.  Author URL. DOI.
Philippides A, Hempel de Ibarra N, Riabinina O, Collett TS (2013). Bumblebee calligraphy: the design and control of flight motifs in the learning and return flights of Bombus terrestris. The Journal of Experimental Biology, 216, 1093-1104. Abstract.  Author URL. DOI.
Leboulle G, Niggebrügge C, Roessler R, Briscoe AD, Menzel R, Hempel de Ibarra N (2013). Characterisation of the RNA interference response against the long-wavelength receptor of the honeybee. Insect Biochem Mol Biol, 43(10), 959-969. Abstract.  Author URL. DOI.
Collett TS, Hempel de Ibarra N, Riabinina O, Philippides A (2013). Coordinating compass-based and nest-based flight directions during bumblebee learning and return flights. J Exp Biol, 216(Pt 6), 1105-1113. Abstract.  Author URL. DOI.
Nicholls EK, Hempel de Ibarra N (2013). Pollen elicits proboscis extension but does not reinforce PER learning in honeybees. Insects, 4(4), 542-557. Abstract. DOI.
Cresswell JE, Page CJ, Uygun MB, Holmbergh M, Li Y, Wheeler JG, Laycock I, Pook CJ, Hempel de Ibarra N, Smirnoff N, et al (2012). Differential sensitivity of honey bees and bumble bees to a dietary insecticide (imidacloprid). Zoology, 15, 365-371. Abstract. DOI.
Linander N, Hempel de Ibarra N, Laska M (2012). Olfactory detectability of L-amino acids in the European honeybee (Apis mellifera). Chem Senses, 37(7), 631-638. Abstract.  Author URL. DOI.
Riabinina O, Hempel de Ibarra N, Howard L, Collett TS (2011). Do wood ants learn sequences of visual stimuli?. J Exp Biol(214), 2739-2748. Abstract.
Maloney LT, Hempel de Ibarra N (2010). Blackawton bees: commentary on Blackawton, P. S. et al. Biol Lett Abstract. DOI.
Niggebrügge C, Leboulle G, Menzel R, Komischke B, Hempel de Ibarra N (2009). Fast learning but coarse discrimination of colours in restrained honeybees. Journal of Experimental Biology, 212(9), 1344-1350. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text. DOI.
Hempel de Ibarra N, Vorobyev M (2009). Flower patterns are adapted for detection by bees. J Comp Physiol a Neuroethol Sens Neural Behav Physiol, 195(3), 319-323. Abstract.  Author URL. DOI.
Arnon R, Keasar T, Hempel de Ibarra N, Cohen D, Shmida A (2009). Learning of colored targets with vertical and horizontal components by bumblebees (Bombus terrestris L.). ISRAEL JOURNAL OF PLANT SCIENCES, 57(3), 193-201. Author URL. DOI.
Hempel de Ibarra N, Philippides A, Riabinina O, Collett TS (2009). Preferred viewing directions of bumblebees (Bombus terrestris L.) when learning and approaching their nest site. Journal of Experimental Biology, 212, 3193-3204. Abstract.  Full text.
Hempel de Ibarra N, Philippides A, Riabinina O, Collett TS (2009). Preferred viewing directions of bumblebees (Bombus terrestris L.) when learning and approaching their nest site (vol 212, pg 3193, 2009). J EXP BIOL, 212(22), 3769-3769.
Baddeley B, Philippides A, Graham P, de Ibarra NH, Collett T, Husbands P (2009). What can be learnt from analysing insect orientation flights using probabilistic SLAM?. Biol Cybern, 101(3), 169-182. Abstract.  Author URL. DOI.
Krofczik S, Khojasteh, U. Hempel de Ibarra N, Menzel R (2008). Adaptation of microglomerular complexes in the honeybee mushroom body lip to manipulations of behavioral maturation and sensory experience. Developmental Neurobiology, 68(8), 1007-1017. Abstract. DOI.
Wertlen AM, Niggebrügge, C. Vorobyev, M. Hempel de Ibarra N (2008). Detection of patches of coloured disks by bees. Journal of Experimental Biology, 211, 2101-2104. Abstract. DOI.
Benitez-Veiyra S, Hempel de Ibarra N, Wertlen AM, Cocucci AA (2007). How to look like a mallow: evidence of floral mimicry between Turneraceae and Malvaceae. Proceedings of the Royal Society B Biological Sciences, 274(1623), 2239-2248. Abstract. DOI.
Brembs B, Hempel de Ibarra N (2006). Different parameters support generalization and discrimination learning in Drosophila at the flight simulator. Learning & Memory, 13(5), 629-637. DOI.
Collett TS, Graham P, Harris RA, Hempel de Ibarra N (2006). Navigational memories in ants and bees: Memory retrieval when selecting and following routes. Advances in the Study of Behavior, 36, 123-172. DOI.
Harris RA, Hempel de Ibarra N, Graham P, Collett TS (2005). Ant navigation: Priming of visual route memories. Nature, 438(7066). DOI.
Rodriguez I, Gumbert A, Hempel de Ibarra N, Kunze J, Giurfa M (2004). Symmetry is on the eye of the ‘beeholder’: Innate preference for bilateral symmetry in flower-naïve bumblebees. Naturwissenschaften, 91, 374-377.
Niggebrügge C, Hempel de Ibarra N (2003). Colour-dependent target. detection by bees. Journal of Comparative Physiology A: sensory, neural, and behavioral physiology, A, 189, 915-918.
Hempel de Ibarra N, Giurfa M (2003). Discrimination of closed coloured shapes by honeybees requires only contrast to the long wavelength receptor type. Animal Behaviour, 66(5), 903-910. DOI.
Hempel de Ibarra N, Giurfa M, Vorobyev M (2002). Discrimination of coloured patterns by honeybees through chromatic and achromatic cues. Journal of Comparative Physiology A: sensory, neural, and behavioral physiology, 188(7), 503-512. Abstract.  Author URL. DOI.
Vorobyev M, Marshall J, Osorio D, Hempel de Ibarra N, Menzel R (2001). Colourful objects through animal eyes. Color Research and Application, 26, S214-S217. Abstract.
Hempel de Ibarra N, Giurfa M, Vorobyev M (2001). Detection of coloured pattern by honeybees through chromatic and achromatic cues. Journal of Comparative Physiology A, 187, 215-224.
Hempel de Ibarra N, Vorobyev M, Brandt R, Giurfa M (2000). Detection of dim and bright colours by honeybees. Journal of Experimental Biology, 203, 3289-3298.
Vorobyev M, Hempel de Ibarra N, Brandt R, Giurfa M (1999). Do “white” and “green” look the same to a bee?. Naturwissenschaften, 86, 592-594.

Chapters

Vorobyev M, Hempel de Ibarra N (2012). Honey bee vision in relation to flower patterns. In Galizia G, Eisenhardt D, Giurfa, M (Eds.) Honeybee Neurobiology and Behavior, Heidelberg: Springer, 285-301.  Abstract. DOI.
Hempel de Ibarra N (2008). Colour vision in honeybees: behaviour, neural mechanisms and ecology. In  (Ed) Insect Mimetics, Tokyo, Japan: NTS Inc. 294-304.

Publications by year



2018

Balamurali GS, Nicholls E, Somanathan H, Hempel de Ibarra N (2018). A comparative analysis of colour preferences in temperate and tropical social bees. Naturwissenschaften, 105 Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Potts R, Clarke RM, Oldfield SE, Wood LK, Hempel de Ibarra N, Cresswell JE (2018). The effect of dietary neonicotinoid pesticides on non-flight thermogenesis in worker bumble bees (Bombus terrestris). J Insect Physiol, 104, 33-39. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text. DOI.
Robert T, Frasnelli E, Hempel de Ibarra N, Collett TS (2018). Variations on a theme: Bumblebee learning flights from the nest and from. flowers. Journal of Experimental Biology Abstract.  Full text. DOI.

2017

Nicholls E, Hempel de Ibarra N (2017). Assessment of pollen rewards by foraging bees. Functional Ecology, 31(1), 76-87. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Chow PKY, Lea SEG, Hempel de Ibarra N, Robert T (2017). How to stay perfect: the role of memory and behavioural traits in an experienced problem and a similar problem. Animal Cognition Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Robert T, Frasnelli E, Collett TS, Hempel de Ibarra N (2017). Male bumblebees perform learning flights on leaving a flower but not when leaving their nest. The Journal of Experimental Biology, 220, 930-937. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Harrap M, Rands S, Hempel de Ibarra N, Whitney H (2017). The diversity of floral temperature patterns, and their use by pollinators. eLife, 6 Abstract.  Full text. DOI.

2016

Collett TS, Philippides A, Hempel de Ibarra N (2016). Insect Navigation: How Do Wasps Get Home?. Curr Biol, 26(4), R166-R168. Abstract.  Author URL. DOI.

2015

Shephard TV, Lea SEG, Hempel de Ibarra N (2015). 'The thieving magpie'? No evidence for attraction to shiny objects. Anim Cogn, 18(1), 393-397. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text. DOI.
Nicholls EK, Ehrendreich D, Hempel de Ibarra N (2015). Differences in color learning between pollen- and sucrose-rewarded bees. Communicative & Integrative Biology, 8(4), 1-4. Abstract.  Full text.
Hempel de Ibarra N, Langridge K, Vorobyev M (2015). More than colour attraction: behavioural functions of flower patterns. Current opinion in insect science Abstract.  Full text.
Balamurali GS, Somanathan H, Hempel de Ibarra N (2015). Motion cues improve the performance of harnessed bees in a colour learning task. Journal of Comparative Physiology A: Neuroethology, Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology, 201(5), 505-511. Abstract. DOI.

2014

Nicholls E, Hempel de Ibarra N (2014). Bees associate colour cues with differences in pollen rewards. J Exp Biol, 217, 2783-2788. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text. DOI.
Riabinina O, Hempel de Ibarra N, Philippides A, Collett TS (2014). Head movements and the optic flow generated during the learning flights of bumblebees. The Journal of Experimental Biology, 217, 2633-2642. Abstract.  Full text.
Hempel de Ibarra N, Vorobyev M, Menzel R (2014). Mechanisms, functions and ecology of colour vision in the honeybee. Journal of Comparative Physiology A: sensory, neural, and behavioral physiology, 200, 411-433. Abstract.  Full text.

2013

Davies TW, Bennie J, Inger R, Hempel de Ibarra N, Gaston KJ (2013). Artificial light pollution: are shifting spectral signatures changing the balance of species interactions?. Glob Chang Biol Abstract.  Author URL. DOI.
Philippides A, Hempel de Ibarra N, Riabinina O, Collett TS (2013). Bumblebee calligraphy: the design and control of flight motifs in the learning and return flights of Bombus terrestris. The Journal of Experimental Biology, 216, 1093-1104. Abstract.  Author URL. DOI.
Leboulle G, Niggebrügge C, Roessler R, Briscoe AD, Menzel R, Hempel de Ibarra N (2013). Characterisation of the RNA interference response against the long-wavelength receptor of the honeybee. Insect Biochem Mol Biol, 43(10), 959-969. Abstract.  Author URL. DOI.
Collett TS, Hempel de Ibarra N, Riabinina O, Philippides A (2013). Coordinating compass-based and nest-based flight directions during bumblebee learning and return flights. J Exp Biol, 216(Pt 6), 1105-1113. Abstract.  Author URL. DOI.
Nicholls EK, Hempel de Ibarra N (2013). Pollen elicits proboscis extension but does not reinforce PER learning in honeybees. Insects, 4(4), 542-557. Abstract. DOI.

2012

Cresswell JE, Page CJ, Uygun MB, Holmbergh M, Li Y, Wheeler JG, Laycock I, Pook CJ, Hempel de Ibarra N, Smirnoff N, et al (2012). Differential sensitivity of honey bees and bumble bees to a dietary insecticide (imidacloprid). Zoology, 15, 365-371. Abstract. DOI.
Vorobyev M, Hempel de Ibarra N (2012). Honey bee vision in relation to flower patterns. In Galizia G, Eisenhardt D, Giurfa, M (Eds.) Honeybee Neurobiology and Behavior, Heidelberg: Springer, 285-301.  Abstract. DOI.
Linander N, Hempel de Ibarra N, Laska M (2012). Olfactory detectability of L-amino acids in the European honeybee (Apis mellifera). Chem Senses, 37(7), 631-638. Abstract.  Author URL. DOI.

2011

Riabinina O, Hempel de Ibarra N, Howard L, Collett TS (2011). Do wood ants learn sequences of visual stimuli?. J Exp Biol(214), 2739-2748. Abstract.

2010

Maloney LT, Hempel de Ibarra N (2010). Blackawton bees: commentary on Blackawton, P. S. et al. Biol Lett Abstract. DOI.

2009

Niggebrügge C, Leboulle G, Menzel R, Komischke B, Hempel de Ibarra N (2009). Fast learning but coarse discrimination of colours in restrained honeybees. Journal of Experimental Biology, 212(9), 1344-1350. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text. DOI.
Hempel de Ibarra N, Vorobyev M (2009). Flower patterns are adapted for detection by bees. J Comp Physiol a Neuroethol Sens Neural Behav Physiol, 195(3), 319-323. Abstract.  Author URL. DOI.
Arnon R, Keasar T, Hempel de Ibarra N, Cohen D, Shmida A (2009). Learning of colored targets with vertical and horizontal components by bumblebees (Bombus terrestris L.). ISRAEL JOURNAL OF PLANT SCIENCES, 57(3), 193-201. Author URL. DOI.
Hempel de Ibarra N, Philippides A, Riabinina O, Collett TS (2009). Preferred viewing directions of bumblebees (Bombus terrestris L.) when learning and approaching their nest site. Journal of Experimental Biology, 212, 3193-3204. Abstract.  Full text.
Hempel de Ibarra N, Philippides A, Riabinina O, Collett TS (2009). Preferred viewing directions of bumblebees (Bombus terrestris L.) when learning and approaching their nest site (vol 212, pg 3193, 2009). J EXP BIOL, 212(22), 3769-3769.
Baddeley B, Philippides A, Graham P, de Ibarra NH, Collett T, Husbands P (2009). What can be learnt from analysing insect orientation flights using probabilistic SLAM?. Biol Cybern, 101(3), 169-182. Abstract.  Author URL. DOI.

2008

Krofczik S, Khojasteh, U. Hempel de Ibarra N, Menzel R (2008). Adaptation of microglomerular complexes in the honeybee mushroom body lip to manipulations of behavioral maturation and sensory experience. Developmental Neurobiology, 68(8), 1007-1017. Abstract. DOI.
Hempel de Ibarra N (2008). Colour vision in honeybees: behaviour, neural mechanisms and ecology. In  (Ed) Insect Mimetics, Tokyo, Japan: NTS Inc. 294-304.
Wertlen AM, Niggebrügge, C. Vorobyev, M. Hempel de Ibarra N (2008). Detection of patches of coloured disks by bees. Journal of Experimental Biology, 211, 2101-2104. Abstract. DOI.

2007

Benitez-Veiyra S, Hempel de Ibarra N, Wertlen AM, Cocucci AA (2007). How to look like a mallow: evidence of floral mimicry between Turneraceae and Malvaceae. Proceedings of the Royal Society B Biological Sciences, 274(1623), 2239-2248. Abstract. DOI.

2006

Brembs B, Hempel de Ibarra N (2006). Different parameters support generalization and discrimination learning in Drosophila at the flight simulator. Learning & Memory, 13(5), 629-637. DOI.
Collett TS, Graham P, Harris RA, Hempel de Ibarra N (2006). Navigational memories in ants and bees: Memory retrieval when selecting and following routes. Advances in the Study of Behavior, 36, 123-172. DOI.

2005

Harris RA, Hempel de Ibarra N, Graham P, Collett TS (2005). Ant navigation: Priming of visual route memories. Nature, 438(7066). DOI.

2004

Rodriguez I, Gumbert A, Hempel de Ibarra N, Kunze J, Giurfa M (2004). Symmetry is on the eye of the ‘beeholder’: Innate preference for bilateral symmetry in flower-naïve bumblebees. Naturwissenschaften, 91, 374-377.

2003

Niggebrügge C, Hempel de Ibarra N (2003). Colour-dependent target. detection by bees. Journal of Comparative Physiology A: sensory, neural, and behavioral physiology, A, 189, 915-918.
Hempel de Ibarra N, Giurfa M (2003). Discrimination of closed coloured shapes by honeybees requires only contrast to the long wavelength receptor type. Animal Behaviour, 66(5), 903-910. DOI.

2002

Hempel de Ibarra N, Giurfa M, Vorobyev M (2002). Discrimination of coloured patterns by honeybees through chromatic and achromatic cues. Journal of Comparative Physiology A: sensory, neural, and behavioral physiology, 188(7), 503-512. Abstract.  Author URL. DOI.

2001

Vorobyev M, Marshall J, Osorio D, Hempel de Ibarra N, Menzel R (2001). Colourful objects through animal eyes. Color Research and Application, 26, S214-S217. Abstract.
Hempel de Ibarra N, Giurfa M, Vorobyev M (2001). Detection of coloured pattern by honeybees through chromatic and achromatic cues. Journal of Comparative Physiology A, 187, 215-224.

2000

Hempel de Ibarra N, Vorobyev M, Brandt R, Giurfa M (2000). Detection of dim and bright colours by honeybees. Journal of Experimental Biology, 203, 3289-3298.

1999

Vorobyev M, Hempel de Ibarra N, Brandt R, Giurfa M (1999). Do “white” and “green” look the same to a bee?. Naturwissenschaften, 86, 592-594.