Waggle Dance Language Key: Science Finds The Rosetta Stone for Bees


Alex Wierbinski's picture

By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 31 March 2019

 

 

BEE WAGGLE DANCE LANGUAGE KEY

Bee, Marked for Waggle Dance Reading
 Virginia Tech.
The researchers analyzed the dances of 85 marked bees from three hives. Credit: Virginia Tech

 

Science Finds The Rosetta Stone for Bees

Codifying the Universal Language of Honey Bees,
Virginia Tech, March 27, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

Bee Language Key?
“...the researchers present an extraordinary foundational advance - a universal calibration, or for science fiction aficionados, a "babel fish," that translates honey bee communications across sub-species and landscapes.”

What
“The researchers analyzed the dances of 85 marked bees from three hives.”

Why
“...examining pollinator behavior in different landscapes to determine where and when planting supplemental forage could have the most positive impact on pollinator nutrition and health.”

Bee Dance Language
The Known
“...the angle of the dancer's body relative to the vertical encodes the direction of the forage, and the distance to the food source is communicated by the duration of the bee's dance.”

Waggle Runs
“...a successful forager returns to the hive and communicates the distance and direction from the hive to the food source by performing multiple, repeated figure-eight-like movements called waggle runs.”

Dance Move Variations
“...different bees conveying the same location can vary their waggle runs, and even individual bees repeating a run may alter their dance.”

Developing the Bee Dance Key
"We have collected this information from many bees in two different landscapes separated by an ocean and several years."

Departing the UK, the researchers, “...sought to determine whether or not their system could be applied to A. mellifera ligustica, a different genetic subspecies in the United States, and across a very different landscape.”

"It takes a lot of time, effort, and expense to conduct this kind of study… We decode dances by hand."

“Their meticulous calibration process requires that each bee is numbered and videotaped. Team members then spend months in front of computers analyzing each dancer's movements to determine a distance-to-duration calibration.”

“Their next step was to compare and then collate their data with all published calibration studies.”

DISCOVERY
Bee Dancing Language is Universal among Bees

"While there were differences among populations in how they communicate, it doesn't matter from the bees' perspective."

“In effect, a bee from England would understand a bee from Virginia and would find a food source in the same way with a similar success rate.”

Results
Bee Lingua Codex
“...providing scientists around the world with a codex to decipher where bees are collecting food. Such knowledge stands not only to inform best practices for bee-friendly planting, but will be crucial to maintaining their populations.”

 

 

Dancing Bees

Dancing Shoes for Bees: How to do the Bee Dance

 

Dancing Bees: Are Humans Killing the Waggle Dance?
Image of Dancing Bee

 

 

Bee News

 

March 2019 News of Man & Nature

 

 

TOP

 

 

 

More
Nature News

 

Climate Destruction News

 

Trees

Bee News

Bear News

Spider Forum

Bird News

Small Mammals

Frogs and Reptiles

Butterfly News

 

Health and Fitness

Mountain Safety

Mosquito News

Female Trail

High Sierra History

 

Astro-Phys, Space, & Science News

High Sierra Geology News

Fish, Oceans, & Water News

Anthropocene

 

All High Sierra News

 

 

TOP

 

 

 

Powered by Drupal, an open source content management system

Latest News: RSS FEED

Syndicate content

Support Tahoe to Whitney

The Tahoe to Whitney Trail Guide and Magazine are walked, written, funded, and supported by my efforts, with the help of kindred spirits and my sister.

We offer valuable Trail Guide, Skills, Weather, News and Analysis.

My goal is to get you out to see your natural and social potential. Help me keep this unique resource accessible and expanding towards its potential. We've a lot of miles to cover ahead...

I NEED HELP!
If you feel these efforts are valuable, I'm cordially inviting you to support them, here:

 

 

I am currently working towards publishing the completed guide between Tahoe & Yosemite as an e-book, while converting this "blog" to a fine magazine format. You will like the results! Help Tahoe to Whitney reach its potential!

 

Why Support Tahoe to Whitney?
Mission Statement