The flight paths of honeybees recruited by the waggle dance

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Riley, J. R., Greggers, U., Smith, A. D., Reynolds, D. R. and Menzel, R. 2005. The flight paths of honeybees recruited by the waggle dance. Nature. 435, pp. 205-207.

AuthorsRiley, J. R., Greggers, U., Smith, A. D., Reynolds, D. R. and Menzel, R.
Abstract

In the ‘dance language’ of honeybees, the dancer generates a specific, coded message that describes the direction and distance from the hive of a new food source, and this message is displaced in both space and time from the dancer's discovery of that source. Karl von Frisch concluded that bees ‘recruited’ by this dance used the information encoded in it to guide them directly to the remote food source, and this Nobel Prize-winning discovery revealed the most sophisticated example of non-primate communication that we know of. In spite of some initial scepticism, almost all biologists are now convinced that von Frisch was correct, but what has hitherto been lacking is a quantitative description of how effectively recruits translate the code in the dance into flight to their destinations. Using harmonic radar to record the actual flight paths of recruited bees, we now provide that description.

Year of Publication2005
JournalNature
Journal citation435, pp. 205-207
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1038/nature03526
Open accessPublished as non-open access
Funder project or code510
An harmonic radar investigation of the navigational performance of honey bees
Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Online12 May 2005
Publication process dates
Accepted08 Mar 2005
PublisherNature Publishing Group
Copyright licensePublisher copyright
ISSN0028-0836

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