The honeybee waggle dance: can we follow the steps?

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serval:BIB_E4B9672832B9
Type
Article: article from journal or magazin.
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Title
The honeybee waggle dance: can we follow the steps?
Journal
Trends in Ecology and Evolution
Author(s)
Grüter C., Farina W.M.
ISSN
0169-5347 (Print)
ISSN-L
0169-5347
Publication state
Published
Issued date
2009
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
24
Number
5
Pages
242-247
Language
english
Abstract
The honeybee (Apis mellifera) waggle dance, whereby dancing bees communicate the location of profitable food sources to other bees in the hive, is one of the most celebrated communication behaviours in the animal world. Dance followers, however, often appear to ignore this location information, the so-called dance language, after leaving the nest. Here we consider why foragers follow dances and discuss the function of the dance as a multicomponent signal. We argue that the 'dance language' is just one information component of the waggle dance and that the two terms should not be used synonymously. We propose that location information is often backup information to be used in case information acquired directly from the environment about food sources is not available, is of poor quality or is associated with unprofitable food sources.
Keywords
UI="D000819">Animal Communication, UI="D000818">Animals, UI="D001516">Bees/UI="Q000502">physiology, UI="D005247">Feeding Behavior, UI="D009043">Motor Activity/UI="Q000502">physiology, UI="D012919">Social Behavior
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Web of science
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