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Wednesday, May 11, 2005

The waggle dance is verified

It seems that the waggle dance doubters have been proven wrong. Radar tracking seems to prove that bees are able to interpret the complex dances of foraging and scout bees. They have show that bees do fly precisely to the sources indicate by the dancers.

The doubters suggested that the dance was to attract the attention of other bees, make them cluster around the dancer, pick up the odour of the source plant and fly out of the hive to find the food source using smell.

But the research just reported in Nature magazine seems to show that Karl von Frisch was right all along and that the bees do interpret the dance in great detail.

I'm glad! The doubters' theory never really made sense to me. How could such a sophisticated dance be so redundant.


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