• Honeybees (partly marked) on the edge of a brood frame
Chair of Behavioral Physiology & Sociobiology

Degen, Jacqueline

Dr. Jacqueline Degen

Zoology II
Universität Würzburg
Am Hubland
97074 Würzburg
Building: 32 (Campus Nord)
Room: 309
Portrait of Dr. Jacqueline Degen

My research focuses on the analysis of movement patterns, in particular on investigating the flight behavior of moths under natural conditions or in presence of artificial light sources. I track the flight paths of individual moths using a harmonic radar system to analyze movement patterns in detail. My central research questions concern the impact of the moon on the flight activity and behavior of moths, as well as the influence of light pollution on their orientation. A comparison of flight behavior of individuals collected from rural and urban populations will provide information on adaptive responses that might differ for males and females.

Current research project:
As part of a doctoral fellowship (DBU), Mona Storms investigates the attraction of spectral properties of artificial light sources using field and laboratory experiments.

  • 1.
    Storms, M., Jakhar, A., Mitesser, O., Jechow, A., Hölker, F., Degen, T., Hovestadt, T., and Degen, J. (2022) The rising moon promotes mate finding in moths, Communications Biology 5, 393.
  • 2.
    Walter, T., Degen, J., Pfeiffer, K., Stöckl, A., Montenegro, S., and Degen, T. (2021) A new innovative real-time tracking method for flying insects applicable under natural conditions, BMC Zoology 6.
  • 3.
    Degen, J., Hovestadt, T., Storms, M., and Menzel, R. (2018) Exploratory behavior of re-orienting foragers differs from other flight patterns of honeybees, PLOS ONE, Public Library of Science 13, 1–14.
  • 4.
    Degen, J., Kirbach, A., Reiter, L., Lehmann, K., Norton, P., Storms, M., Koblofsky, M., Winter, S., Georgieva, P., Nguyen, H., Chamkhi, H., Meyer, H., Singh, P., Manz, G., Greggers, U., and Menzel, R. (2016) Honeybees Learn Landscape Features during Exploratory Orientation Flights, Current Biology 26, 2800–2804.
  • 5.
    Degen, J., Kirbach, A., Reiter, L., Lehmann, K., Norton, P., Storms, M., Koblofsky, M., Winter, S., Georgieva, P. B., Nguyen, H., Chamkhi, H., Greggers, U., and Menzel, R. (2015) Exploratory behaviour of honeybees during orientation flights, Animal Behaviour 102, 45–57.