Field Frame Friday: Let’s all do the waggle dance!

Honey bees (Apis mellifera) need lots of nectar to make stored honey for the winter. When one bee finds a good patch of flowers she will tell her colony mates where the food is through a waggle dance, which communicates both the direction and distance to the food. It’s similar to how seeing one ant at a picnic soon means you’ll see dozens of them; however, honey bees have a much more complex system to deliver this information.

[Photo and caption by Adrian Perez]

von Frisch, K. and Lindauer, M., 1956. The” language” and orientation of the honey bee. Annual review of entomology1(1), pp.45-58.

[Edited by Maggie Creamer]

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