publication . Article . Other literature type . 2010

The Shaking Signal of the Honey Bee Informs Workers to Prepare for Greater Activity

Seeley, Thomas D.; Weidenmüller, Anja; Kühnholz, Susanne;
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  • Published: 26 Apr 2010 Journal: Ethology, volume 104, pages 10-26 (issn: 0179-1613, eissn: 1439-0310, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Country: Germany
Abstract
One of the most conspicuous activities o f worker bees inside a hive is the shaking of other wc~rliersT. his shaking has long been suspected to be a communication behavior, but its information content and function have until recently remained mysterious. Prior studies of the colony-level patterns of the production of ihc shaking signal supgest strongly that this signal semes to arouse workers to greater activity, such as at times of good foraging. Data from our obsenrauons of mdividual bees holster the hypothesis that the shaking signal informs workers to prepare for a higher level of activity. We followed foragers in a colony whose only source ilf ‘nectar’ was ...
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free text keywords: Animal Science and Zoology, Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics, Aculeata, biology.organism_classification, biology, Waggle dance, Animal communication, Honey bee, Worker bee, Foraging, Apoidea, Ecology, Communication, business.industry, business, Apidae, ddc:570
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