One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A series of movements performed in the hive by worker honeybees to inform the colony of the direction and distance to a food source.
- ‘They do a bee dance to let the rest of the hive know they've discovered a source of nectar.’
- ‘Sometimes the bee dance may be defective, or the bees may not be able to find their way to the nectar due to high wind or other unfavorable conditions.’
- ‘The ‘bee dance’ lets bees communicate by encoding pieces of information, such as where to specifically find food in terms of distance and direction.’
- ‘Similarly, we can look at the bee dances and describe them in intentional terms; the motions the bees engage in enable the other bees to go where the pollen is, but it does not seem plausible to attribute a conscious awareness of what information is being sent in the course of the bee dance.’
- ‘Thus, although the dance of the honeybee contains locational information about food sources, it is not necessary to assume that bee dances convey this information to other bees.’
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