Saturday, August 01, 2009

Honey Bees Warn Each Other of Danger

The Honeybee Waggle Warning
redOrbit, 7/31/2009

Scientists have discovered that honeybees warn each other of dangerous flowers that might be harboring predators in wait.

This warning system was found by planting dead bees on flowers and observing how other bees respond to the sign of danger.

The bees did not just avoid the flowers; they also went on to communicate the threat to the hive through their famous waggle dance.

The discovery is published in the journal Animal Behavior

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