Waggledance

I often get asked exactly what the waggledance is… well it’s a fascinating story and illustrates just how remarkable our honeybees are. The waggledance is literally a figure of eight movement performed by a foraging bee to her sisters in the hive, to reveal the exact whereabouts nearby of a good nectar, pollen or water source.

It was the scientist Karl Von Frisch who first decoded the mysteries of the dance. There is much complicated science behind the dance, the time and frequency of the abdomen wiggles help in indicating direction and location of the flower source, the dancer even releases chemicals into the air. It was Nicolas Unhoch who first described the dance 100 Year’s earlier! I’ve seen them doing this when I’m checking my bees and it never fails to fill me with wonderment at these wonderful creatures.

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