How Honeybees Communicate The Location Of A Nectar Source To Their Colony

First, this is just incredible. Second, how in the world did we figure it out?

A honeybee will waggle her abdomen in a specific way to communicate the location of a nectar source. The actual description starts around 1:49:

The duration of her waggle indicates the distance to the nectar source. The longer the waggle, the further the flower. And the angle at which she dances across the cone tells them the direction to the flower in relation to the sun. Her instructions are remarkably accurate and can pinpoint the location of a nectar source over 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) away.

3 thoughts on “How Honeybees Communicate The Location Of A Nectar Source To Their Colony

  1. Bix Post author

    The more I think about this …

    So, the bee that found the nectar had to internalize the location, remember it. Then she had to convert a memory into movement, not unlike how we tell our mouths to speak our thoughts. Right? Then … bees watching her had to get it!

    Insects own this planet.

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  2. Marj

    This is fascinating! I agree with you, how did we figure this out? To pick out this one bee’s behavior out of all those busy bodies–amazing!

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    1. Bix Post author

      I like how your mind works, how you see these things. I mean, not just *that* you see them, but that you think about it all.

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