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Dancin’ honey bee using dance to communicate

August 14th, 2009 · 1 Comment

blog-beesDid you know that honey bees are able to communicate with each other using dance? I’d never seen a bee dance, but I’ve found a cool video clip showing a dancin’ bee in action.

If you can embrace the ‘education video’ aesthetic of this video below, you are in for a real treat.

In just three minutes, you will see footage demonstrating a bee dance, along with an explanation of what the dance means.

If a forager bee starts dancing, he’s found some flowers the other bees ought to know about. The direction he dances indicates the direction of the flowers, the length of the dance indicates the distance to the flowers.

Here’s the video on YouTube… Attribution is not presented with the clip, so the origin of the video is unknown.

Humans, on the other hand, tend to use dance to communicate how much they’ve had to drink…

Me, I find the bee dancing interesting, but the human dancing way more fun.

Title image credit: An edited image of David Nikonvscanon’s photo of bees.

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