Honeybee Trivia Week 3 ūüźĚ

What is the term used in beekeeping to describe a particular figure-eight dance of the honeybee?

A. Waggle

B. Ballroom

C. The Floss

D. Zumba

 

 

The correct answer is A. Waggle dance.

 

Waggle dance is a term used in beekeeping for a particular figure-eight dance of the honey bee.

After the forager worker bee searches high and wide for the best source of food, it returns to the hive to communicate the location of the best source of food to the other bees by performing a figure 8 movement with a waggle dance.

This figure 8 and waggle dance provides two key pieces of information to the other bees:  the direction of the food source based on angle of the sun from the hive and the distance  from the hive.

Check out this video sourced from the digital version of the Smithsonian Magazine. 

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/whats-the-waggle-dance-and-why-do-honeybees-do-it/?jwsource=cl

About 1 min and 30 seconds into the video you can see the worker bee begin to do the waggle dance to communicate to the others of where to find the best food sources!¬† ūüėäūüíÉūüŹĽūüźĚ

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