During my Bachelor project in Basil's lab, I was interested in understanding how monarch butterflies use different visual cues, such as local landmarks or simulated celestial cues to orient during flight. In my current project, I am focusing on how multiple visual cues are integrated and used by monarch butterflies for orientation and navigation. To study this, I am performing flight-simulator experiments in which the animal is tethered at the center of the simulator while experiencing different visual sceneries.
Franzke M, Kraus C, Dreyer D, Pfeiffer K, Beetz MJ, Stoeckl AL, Foster JJ, Warrant EJ, el Jundi B (2020) Spatial orientation based on multiple visual cues in monarch butterflies. BioRxiv, doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.02.13.947739.