published or in press


  • Grüter, C., Wüst, M., Cipriano, A.P.  & Nascimento, F.S. Tandem recruitment and foraging in the ponerine ant Pachycondyla harpax (Fabricius). Neotropical Entomology, in press.

  • Grüter, C., Segers, F.H.I.D., Santos, L.L.G., Hammel, B., Zimmermann, U. & Nascimento, F.S. 2017. Enemy recognition is linked to soldier size in a polymorphic stingless bee. Biology Letters, 13: 20170511. pdf

  • Grüter, C., Segers, F.*, Menezes, C., von Zuben, L., Vollet-Neto, A., Falcon, T., Bitondi, M., Nascimento, F.S. & Almeida, E. 2017. Repeated evolution of soldier sub-castes suggests parasitism drives social complexity in stingless bees. Nature Communications, 8: 4. (*co-first author) pdf

  • Sauthier, R., I'Anson Price, R., Grüter, C. 2017. Worker size in honeybees and its relationship with season and foraging distance. Apidologie, 48: 234-246. pdf

  • Pasquier, G. & Grüter, C. 2016. Individual learning and exploration are linked to colony foraging success in a mass-recruiting ant. Behavioral Ecology, 27: 1702-1709. pdf

  • I'Anson Price, R., Grüter, C., Hughes, W.O.H., Evison, S.E.F. 2016. Symmetry breaking in mass-recruiting ants: extent of foraging biases depends on resource quality. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 70: 1813-1820. pdf

  • Grüter, C., von Zuben, L., Segers, F.H.I.D.  &  Cunningham, J.P. 2016. Warfare in stingless bees. Insectes Sociaux, 63: 223-236. pdf

  • Segers, F.H.I.D., von Zuben, L. &  Grüter, C. 2016. Local differences in parasitism and competition shape defensive investment in a polymorphic eusocial bee. Ecology, 97: 417-426. pdf BBC Earth

  • Grüter, C. & Keller, L. 2016. Inter-caste communication in social insects. Current Opinion in Neurobiology, 38: 6-11. pdf

  • Hammel, B., Vollet-Neto, A, Menezes, C., Nascimento, F.S., Engels, W. &  Grüter, C. 2016. Soldiers in a stingless bee: work rate and task repertoire suggest they are an elite force. The American Naturalist, 187: 120-129. pdf  BBC Earth

  • I'Anson Price, R. &  Grüter, C. 2015. Why, when and where did honey bee dance communication evolve? Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 3: 125. pdf
  • Grüter, C., Maitre, D., Blakey, A., Cole, R. & Ratnieks, F.L.W. 2015. Collective decision-making in a heterogeneous environment: Lasius niger colonies preferentially forage at easy to learn locations. Animal Behaviour, 104: 189-195. pdf
  • Segers, F.H.I.D., Menezes, A., Vollet-Neto, A. Lambert, D. &  Grüter, C. 2015. Soldier production in a stingless bee depends on rearing location and nurse behaviour. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 69: 613-623. pdf BBC Earth
  • Czaczkes, T.J.,  Grüter, C. & Ratnieks, F.L.W. 2015. Trail pheromones: An integrative view of their role in colony organization. Annual Review of Entomology, 60: 581-599. pdf
  • Schürch, R. & Grüter, C. 2014. Dancing bees improve colony foraging success as long-term benefits outweigh short-term costs. PLoS ONE, 9: e104660. pdf.
  • Grüter, C. & Leadbeater, E. 2014. Insights from insects about adaptive social information use. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 29: 177-184. pdf
  • Czaczkes, T.J., Grüter, C. & Ratnieks, F.L.W. 2014. Rapid up- and down regulation of pheromone signalling due to trail crowding in the ant Lasius nigerBehaviour, 151: 669-682. pdf
  • Al Toufailia, H.M., Grüter, C. & Ratnieks, F.L.W. 2013. Persistence to unrewarding feeding locations by forager honey bees (Apis mellifera): the effects of experience, resource profitability, and season. Ethology, 119: 1096-1106. pdf
  • Grüter, C., Segers, F.H.I.D. & Ratnieks, F.L.W. 2013. Social learning strategies in honey bee foragers: do the costs of using private information affect the use of social information? Animal Behaviour, 85:  1443-1449. pdf
  • Grüter, C., Schürch, R. & Farina, W.M. 2013. Task-partitioning in insect societies: non-random direct material transfers affect both colony efficiency and information flow. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 327: 23-33. pdf NetLogo file
  • Al Toufailia, H.M., Couvillon, M.J., Ratnieks, F.L.W. & Grüter, C. 2013. Honey bee waggle dance communication: signal meaning and signal noise affect dance follower behaviour. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 67: 549-556. pdf
  • Czaczkes, T.J., Grüter, C. & Ratnieks, F.L.W. 2013. Negative feedback in ants: crowding results in less trail pheromone deposition. Journal of  the Royal Society Interface, 10: 20121009. pdf
  • Czaczkes, T.J., Grüter, C., Ellis, L, Wood, E. & Ratnieks, F.L.W. 2013. Ant foraging on complex trails: Route learning and the role of trail pheromones in Lasius nigerJournal of Experimental Biology, 216, 188-197. pdf
  • Bigio, G., Grüter, C. & Ratnieks, F.L.W. 2012. Comparing alternative methods for holding virgin honey bee queens for one week in mailing cages before mating. PLoS ONE, 7(11): e50150. pdf

  • Grüter, C., Schürch, R., Czaczkes, T.J., Taylor, K., Durance, T., Jones, S.M. & Ratnieks, F.L.W. 2012. Negative feedback enables fast and flexible collective decision-making in ants. PLoS ONE, 7(9): e44501.pdf NetLogo file

  • Grüter, C., Menezes, C.*, Imperatriz-Fonseca, V. & Ratnieks, F.L.W. 2012. A morphologically specialised soldier caste improves colony defense in a Neotropical eusocial bee. PNAS, 109, 1182-1186. (*co-first author) pdf BBC The Guardian ScienceNow The Daily Mail Globo

  • Jones, S.M., van Zweden, J., Grüter, C., Menezes, C., Alves, D.A., Nunes-Silva, P., Czaczkes, T.J. & Ratnieks, F.L.W. 2012. The role of wax and resin in the nestmate recognition system of the stingless beeTetragonisca angustulaBehavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 66, 1-12. pdf
  • Czaczkes, T.J., Grüter, C., Jones, S.M. & Ratnieks, F.L.W. 2012. Uncovering the complexity of ant foraging trails. Communicative and Integrative Biology, 5, 78-80. pdf
  • Farina, W.M., Grüter, C. & Arenas, A. 2012. Olfactory information transfer during recruitment in honeybees. In: Honeybee neurobiology and behavior - a tribute for Randolf Menzel. Eds.: Eisenhardt, D., Galizia, C.G. & Giurfa, M., Springer Verlag. pdf
  • Grüter, C. & Ratnieks, F.L.W. 2011. Honeybee foragers increase the use of waggle dance information when using private information becomes unrewarding. Animal Behaviour, 81: 949-954. pdf
  • Grüter, C. & Ratnieks, F.L.W. 2011. Flower constancy in pollinators: adaptive behaviour or cognitive limitation? Communicative and Integrative Biology 4, 1-4. pdf

  • Czaczkes, T., Grüter, C., Jones, S. & Ratnieks, F.L.W. 2011. Synergy between social and private information increases foraging efficiency in ants. Biology Letters, 7: 521-524. pdf

  •  van Zweden, Grüter, C., Jones, S. & Ratnieks, F.L.W. 2011. Hovering guards of the stingless bee Tetragonisca angustula increase defensive perimeter as shown by intra- and inter-specific comparisons. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 65: 1277-1282. pdf

  • Grüter, C., Moore, H., Firmin, N., Helanterä, H. & Ratnieks, F.L.W. 2011. Flower constancy in honeybees (Apis mellifera) depends on ecologically realistic rewards. Journal of Experimental Biology, 214: 1397-1402. pdf

  • Grüter, C. 2011. Communication in social insects: sophisticated problem solving by small brains. In: Animal thinking: Contemporary issues in comparative cognition. Eds.: Fischer, J., Menzel, R., Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. pdf

  • Wheeler, B., Searcy, W.A., Christiansen, M.H., Corballis, M.C., Fischer, J., Grüter, C., Margoliash, D., Owren, M.J., Price, T., Seyfarth, R. & Wild, M. 2011. Communication. In: Animal thinking: Contemporary issues in comparative cognition. Eds.: Fischer, J., Menzel, R., Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. pdf

  • Grüter, C., Kärcher, M. & Ratnieks, F.L.W. 2011. The natural history of nest defence in a stingless bee, Tetragonisca angustula (Latreille) (Hymenoptera: Apidae), with two distinct types of entrance guards. Neotropical Entomology, 40: 55-61. pdf

  • Grüter, C., Czaczkes, T. & Ratnieks, F.L.W. 2011. Decision-making in Lasius niger foragers facing conflicting private and social information. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 65: 141-148. pdf

  • Grüter, C., Leadbeater, E. & Ratnieks, F.L.W. 2010. Social learning: the importance of copying others. Current Biology 20, R683-R685. pdf

  • Grüter, C. 2010. Der Schwänzeltanz in neuem Licht. ADIZ/db/IF 3, 18-19 (in German). pdf

  • Grüter, C., Balbuena, M.S. & Farina, W.M. 2009. Retention of long-term memory in different age-groups of honeybee (Apis mellifera) workers. Insectes Sociaux 56, 385-387. pdf

  • Grüter, C. & Farina, W.M. 2009. Why do honeybee foragers follow the waggle dance? Trends in Ecology and Evolution 24, 584-585. pdf

  • Grüter, C. & Farina, W.M. 2009. Past experiences affect interaction patterns among foragers and hive bees. Ethology 115, 790-797. pdf

  • Grüter, C. & Farina, W.M. 2009. The honeybee waggle dance: can we follow the steps? Trends in Ecology and Evolution 24, 242-247. pdf

  • Farina, W.M. & Grüter, C. 2009. Trophallaxis: a mechanism of information transfer. In: Food Exploitation by Social Insects: An Ecological, Behavioral, and Theoretical Approach. Eds: Jarau, S. and Hrncir, M., Boca Raton, CRC press. pdf

  • Grüter, C., Arenas, A.*. & Farina, W.M. 2008. Does pollen function as a reward for honeybees in associative learning? Insectes Sociaux 55, 425-427. (*co-first author) pdf

  • Grüter, C. 2008. Social learning of food odours in honeybees: mechanisms and implications for collective foraging. PhD-thesis, University of Bern, Switzerland. Südwestdeutscher Verlag für Hochschulschriften, ISBN: 978-3-8381-0060-9. pdf

  • Grüter, C., Balbuena, M.S. & Farina, W.M. 2008. Informational conflicts created by the waggle dance. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 275, 1321-1327. pdf New York Times

  • Díaz, P.C., Grüter, C. & Farina, W.M. 2007. Floral scents affect the distribution of hive bees around dancers. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 61, 1589-1597. pdf

  • Grüter, C. & Farina. W.M. 2007. Nectar distribution and its relation to food quality in honeybee (Apis mellifera) colonies. Insectes Sociaux 54, 87-94. pdf

  • Farina, W.M., Grüter, C., Acosta, L.E. & Mc Cabe, S. 2007. Honeybees learn floral odors while receiving nectar from foragers within the hive. Naturwissenschaften 94, 55-60. pdf

  • Grüter, C., Acosta, L.E. & Farina, W.M. 2006. Propagation of olfactory information within the honeybee hive. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 60, 707-713. pdf

  • Farina, W.M, Grüter C.* & Diaz P.C. 2005. Social learning of floral odours inside the honeybee hive.Proceedings of the Royal Society B 272, 1923-1928. (*co-first author) pdf

  • Grüter, C. & Taborsky, B. 2005. Sex ratio and the sexual conflict about brood care in a biparental mouthbrooder. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 58: 44-52. pdf

  • Grüter, C. & Taborsky, B. 2004. Mouthbrooding and biparental care: an unexpected combination, but male brood care pays. Animal Behaviour, 68: 1283-1289. pdf

  • Grüter, C. 2003. Monogamy and biparental care in the cichlid fish, Eretmodus cyanostictus. MSc-thesis, University of Bern, Switzerland. pdf