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EMERGENT LIFE SCIENCES RESEARCH - Vol 6, Issue 2, Published on 31, December 2020

Pages: 44-53
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Dancing bees speak in a code-A Review

Author: Akanksha Singla

Category: Review Article


Honeybee foragers dance to communicate the quantity, quality, direction, and spatial location of food and other resources to their nestmates. This remarkable communication system has long served as an important model system for studying the mechanisms and evolution of this complex behavior. I provide a broad overview of the research done on dance communication, earlier theories, and their controversies and solution. Specific issues concentrated in this review are as follows: (a) different types of dances (b) measurement of distance and direction (c) How bees perform dance in dark hive? Various experiments have confirmed that bees perform different types of dance depending upon their specific function. However, detailed information about other types of dances is still lacking which if worked on will help us in solving various queries and would help us in better understanding the significance of different types of dances performed by honeybees in and outside the hive.

Keywords: communication, dance, distance, direction, honeybee