Thursday, July 7, 2011

Waggle Dance of the honeybees

One of the fascinating things I've learned about this year (or relearned, most likely) is how a foraging honeybee who has found a good nectar source communicates the location of those flowers to the other bees back at the hive. Turns out they communicate distance & direction by doing a 'waggle dance' in a figure eight formation, that even calculates for the changing position of the sun.

One of the things this has led me to think about is: somewhere there are bees dancing about my garden!
And: where are those hives where 'my' bees live?  In posts to come, I'll be looking into some of these.

Much more information exist over on this handy wikipedia page.

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