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waggle dance

the behaviour pattern by which bees convey information on the location of pollen supplies.
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There's an amazing amount of information packed into this non-fiction book for kids aged 5+, touching on waggle dances, how to create a bee-friendly garden, what makes a queen bee and why there are now fewer bees buzzing around the planet.
Another significant observation was that in contrast to the waggle dances, which occurred during the day when bees are foraging, the whoop signal occurred most frequently at night.
Researchers hypothesized that bees would convey this danger signal by doing a waggle dance - behavior that directs other bees to a food source based on the position of the sun.
The results feed into an ongoing debate in the scientific community over whether the variation in waggle dances happens because bees are communicating a general area, not a specific flower, or simply because they are trying their best in difficult circumstances.
They then video-recorded the scouts producing waggle dances and tracked dances produced by the marked scouts with a microphone and videotape to ascertain when they received stop signals, and from which bees.
This cross inhibition curtails the production of waggle dances for, and thus the recruitment of bees to, a competing site.
In reality, most waggle dances occur on a small area, 4-18 cm from the entrance to the hive, the "dance floor", and onlookers are able to obtain information about different nectar sources.
The greater the profitability of a food source, the higher the probability the honeybee will do a waggle dance and share her information with her nestmates.
It is another to say that the waggle dances of bees in any way constitute deliberative rhetoric because the colony takes an action based on such communication.
In the new study, Seeley, a professor of neurobiology and behaviour, reports with five colleagues in the United States and the United Kingdom that scout bees also use inhibitory 'stop signals' - a short buzz delivered with a head butt to the dancer - to inhibit the waggle dances produced by scouts advertising competing sites.