• Fluorescence labeled loop shaped opsin expression pattern in the honey bee retina
Chair of Behavioral Physiology & Sociobiology

Integrative behavioral sciences: Neuroethology – Behavioral Ecology – Evolution

Understanding the foundations of behavior is the central focus of research at the department of Behavioral Physiology & Sociobiology (Zoology II).  Insects express a fascinating behavioral repertoire and are of outstanding ecological importance. Behavior determines interactions of organisms with their environment and is the “final product” of a complex interplay between endogenous and exogenous factors. Our goal is to understand the mechanisms underlying behavior by using an integrative approach – from the molecular, sensory and neuronal mechanisms to the function of ecological and social interactions up to their evolutionary foundations. Research groups at the department focus on different aspects of the behavioral sciences, they apply state of the art techniques and strive for close interactions between research and teaching. Interactions with other groups in the collaborative research focus on insect sciences at the Biocenter and across the University of Würzburg create an innovative, interdisciplinary and highly productive research and training environment.

Research groups

Monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) mirroring on water surface

el Jundi lab -
Animal navigation

Dr. Basil el Jundi

Room: D113
Tel: +49 931 31-88567

Image compostion of a honeybee and a spike train from a intracellular recording

Pfeiffer lab - Neuroethology of spatial orientation

Prof. Dr. Keram Pfeiffer

Room: D136
Tel: +49 931 31-88510

Foraging leaf cutting ants carrying leaf fragments through a long acrylic glas tunnel

Roces lab -
Behavioral ecology

Prof. Dr. Flavio Roces

Room: D120
Tel: +49 931 31-84311

Correlativ light- and electron-microscopic image of mushroom body calyx tissue

Rössler lab - Neuroethology of social behavior

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Rössler

Room: D116
Tel: +49 931 31-84306

Pollen-collecting honeybee attempts landing on a cherry blossom

Scheiner lab - Behavioral biology of the honeybee

Prof. Dr. Ricarda Scheiner

Room: D127
Tel: +49 931 31-84745

Bumblebee (Bombus lucorum) flies mit extended tongue towards a plantain flower (Plantago)

Spaethe lab -
Sensory ecology

PD Dr. Joahnnes Spaethe

Room: D111
Tel: +49 931 31-83408

Electrophysiological setups using multimodal stimulations

Strube-Bloss lab -
Multimodal integration

Dr. Martin Strube-Bloss

Room: D141
Tel: +49 931 31-80732

Central facilities

Eclosing honeybee emerging with its head and antennae from a brood comb

Bee station

Bienenstation der Universität Würzburg

Theodor-Boveri-Weg 6
97074 Würzburg

Ants (Camponotus) with color labels on thorax and abdomen

Ant facility

Ameisenhaltung (Zoologie II)

Am Hubland
97074 Würzburg


Chair of Zoology II
Am Hubland
97074 Würzburg

Phone: +49 931 31-84307
Fax: +49 931 31-84309

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