Mathieu Lihoreau

Mathieu Lihoreau

LihoreaulihoreauLihoreauCR CNRS
05 61 55 64 71




CNRS Researcher


Personnal webpage / Google Scholar / ResearchGate


Project summary :

Why do cognition evolve? And how? What are the influences social and ecological environments? A major goal of our research is to understand how cognitive processes mediate adaptive behaviour in individuals, and their interactions within groups and populations, with a particular focus on challenging foraging tasks (navigation, nutrient balancing, social interactions). Our work focuses on small brained insects that exhibit both an impressive range of cognitive capacities and a unique spectrum of social forms. The approach combines behavioural experiments (in the lab and in the field) with simulations of computer models.


Key words :

Bumblebees / honey bees / fruit flies / hornet / cognition / nutrition / collective behaviour / movement ecology / computational modeling / citizen science


Selected publications :


Lihoreau M, Gomez-Moracho T, Pasquaretta C, Costa JT, Buhl J (2018). Social nutrition: an emerging field in insect science. Current Opinion in Insect Science. 28:73-80

Wong ACN, Wang QP, Morimoto J, Senior AM, Lihoreau M, Neely GG, Simpson SJ, Ponton F (2017). Gut microbiota modifies olfactory-guided microbial attraction in Drosophila. Current Biology. 27:2397-2404

Lihoreau M, Charleston MA, Senior AM, Clissold FJ, Raubenheimer D, Simpson SJ, Buhl J (2017). Collective foraging in spatially complex nutritional environments. Philosophical Transactions B. 372:20160238

Klein S, Cabirol A, Devaud JM, Barron AB, Lihoreau M (2017). Why bees are so vulnerable to environmental stressors. Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 32:268-278

Lihoreau M, Buhl J, Charleston MA, Sword GAS, Raubenheimer D, Simpson SJ (2015). Nutritional ecology beyond the individual: a conceptual framework for integrating nutrition and social interactions. Ecology Letters. 18:273-286.

Lihoreau M, Raine NE, Reynolds AM, Stelzer RJ, Lim KS, Smith AD, Osborne JL, Chittka L (2012) Radar tracking and motion sensitive cameras on flowers reveal the development of  pollinator multi-destination routes  over large spatial scales. PLoS Biology 10:e1001392.

Lihoreau M, Chittka L, Raine NE (2010) Travel optimization by foraging bumblebees through re-adjustments of traplines after discovery of new feeding locations. American Naturalist 176:744-767.

Lab members:


Cristian Pasquaretta (Postdoc) 

I am an ethologist using network tools to study complex phenomena. My research focuses on social information transfer in animal groups and its consequences on social interactions. My current project aims at evaluating and modeling the role of social and competitive interactions on resource partitioning in bees. / Phone: +33 5 61 55 84 44/ Door: 205, building 4R3

Personnal webpage / Google Scholar / ResearchGate

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Tamara Gomez Moracho (Postdoc)

I am interested in host-parasite interactions. My research focuses on honeybee parasites such as Nosema. My current project aims to evaluate the effects of pathogens on the behaviour, cognition and physiological development of bees. / Phone: +33 5 61 55 84 44 / Door: 205, building 4R3

Google Scholar / ResearchGate



Alexandre Dore (PhD student, co-sup. Hervé Aubert LAAS/CNRS)

I am developing and calibrating new radar tools to study the behaviour of untagged insects with great precision in the field.



Thibault Dubois (PhD student, co-sup. Andrew Barron Maquarie University)

I am an ecologist with interests in modelling and statistics, as well as animal behaviour. My PhD project focuses on how the individual foraging strategies of bees impact colony dynamics and pollination. 

Email: / Phone: +33 5 61 55 84 44 / Door: 205, building 4R3


Coline Monchanin (PhD student, co-sup. Jean-Marc Devaud, Andrew Barron - Maquarie University)

I am exploring the effects of heavy metal pollution and their effects combined with environmental stressors on honeybees behavior and cognition. / Phone: +33 632423303 / Door: 205, building 4R3

Stéphane Kraus (PhD student, co-sup. Jean-Marc Devaud)

My current project in collaboration with Koppert BV aims at studying the nutritional need sand foraging behaviour of bees to propose bio-responsible improvements in agricultural systems. / Phone: +33 6 24 33 95 91 / Door: 205, building 4R3



  • Morimoto J, Lihoreau M.
    A vector-based approach to measure nutritional trade-offs within and between species.
    American Naturalist
    2018 Dec in press
  • Pasquaretta C, Gómez-Moracho T, Heeb P, Lihoreau M  .
    Exploring interactions between the gut microbiota and social behaviour through nutrition
    Genes 9:534
    2018 Oct
  • Cauchoix M, Chow PKY, van Horik JO, Atance CM, Barbeau EJ, Barragan-Jason G, Bize P, Boussard A, Buechel SD, Cabirol A, Cauchard L, Claidière N, Dalesman S, Devaud JM, Didic M, Doligez B, Fagot J, Fichtel C, Henke-von der Malsburg J, Hermer E, Huber L, Huebner F, Kappeler PM, Klein S, Langbein J, Langley EJG, Lea SEG, Lihoreau M, Lovlie H, Matzel LD, Nakagawa S, Nawroth C, Oesterwind S, Sauce B, Smith E, Sorato E, Tebbich S, Wallis LJ, Whiteside MA, Wilkinson A, Chaine AS, Morand-Ferrond J. .
    The repeatability of cognitive performance: a meta-analysis
    Philosophical Transactions B
    2018 Sep 373:20170281
  • Lihoreau M, Gomez-Moracho T, Pasquaretta C, Costa JT, Buhl J.
    Social nutrition: an emerging field in insect science
    Current Opinion in Insect Science
    2018 May 28:73-80
  • Henry B, Aubert H, Ricard E, Hazard D, Lihoreau M.
    Automated monitoring of livestock behavior using frequency-modulated continuous-wave radars
    Progresses in Eclectromagnetics Research M
    2018 Jun 69:151-160

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