Decoding bee dances

Biologists can eavesdrop on bees to learn which parts of the environment have the best bee grub

By Sharon Oosthoek, 08:34 AM June 9, 2014

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Are people managing the landscape in an environmentally friendly way? For good clues, we may need to look no further than our local bees, says a biologist in England.

Honeybees perform a special "waggle" dance to tell hive-mates where to find the best flowers for nectar and pollen. Margaret Couvillon and her team spent two years decoding 5,484 dances performed by bees in three hives. Couvillon is a behavioral ecologist. She works at the University of Sussex in England.

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