Friday, 20 April 2012

How Gravity Messes with Honeybees' Waggle Dance

Honeybees are known to communicate in a dance language called the waggle dance to point out the location of resources that keep the hive alive, but new research reveals that gravity can mess with this dance's accuracy.

The waggle dance is an important part of how they provide for the bee community. Foragers go out, find food, water or other resources, and come back to signal the location to the rest of hive to go out and harvest.

"She will come back and does this dance which is communicating to her nest mates the direction and distance of where this resource is located," study researcher Margaret Couvillon, a postdoctoral researcher from the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom, told LiveScience.

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