Variation in the determined magnitudes of the difference in brightness between alternating members of a system of stripes requisite for the elicitation of a threshold response in bees shows that the intensity of excitation, as a function of width of stripe and of intensity of illumination, is determined by the intensity of illumination and by the frequency of occurrence of divisions between bright and less bright bars. The variation of ΔI is limited by the intensity of excitation, so that the curves relating P.E. (ΔI/I) have the same form in relation to I as do the curves for ΔI/I. The limiting rule according to which P.E. ΔI is a power function of I for stripes of maximum usable width is departed from more and more markedly, for lower intensities, as narrower stripes are employed.

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