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BEE DANCING

Honey Bees have two dances they perform depending on how far away the food source is located.

  • Round Dance: when the food source is close, the bee that found the food flies back to the hive and performs a circular dance to tell the other workers that there is food nearby. A sample of the food is held in the mouth so that the other bees know what type of food it is and so they know when they have found the food source.
  • Waggle Dance: when the food source is far, waggle dancethe bee that found the food flies back to the hive and performs a figure-eight dance that indicates the precise direction and distance to the food source. The distance is indicated by how much time it takes to do one circuit of the dance. The direction is indicated by the direction of the waggle part of the dance (see 1 & 5 in the figure). If the bee waggles upward (like the dance here), then the food source is located in the direction of the sun. If the bee waggles 45 degrees to the right of up, then the food source is 45 degrees to the right of the sun, etc.