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Honey Bees Dancing

Honey bees communicate by dancing to indicate where the source of food is.

Round Dance

The Round Dance is used to indicate where the source of food is, e.g. nectar or pollen, which is less than 100 metres away.  

The bee moves on the comb, in one direction of a circle, then turns around and returns in the other direction.  

To make the food easier to find, the dancing bee gives the other bees who are watching, some of the food so that they know what it tastes and smells like.


Waggle Dance

For food that is more than 100 metres away, the Waggle Dance is used.  This is where the bee moves in a figure of eight. She begins by running in a direction on the comb which is related to the position of the sun.  

As she moves in the direction she waggles her body from side to side to indicate how far away the food source is, e.g. nectar or pollen. The more she waggles, the closer the source is.

As with the Round Dance, she gives the bees watching some of the food so they know what it tastes and smells like.