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East learns from West: Asiatic honeybees can understand dance language of European honeybees

Su, Songkun; Cai, Fang; Si, Aung; Zhang, Shao Wu; Tautz, Juergen; Chen, Shenglu


The honeybee waggle dance, through which foragers advertise the existence and location of a food source to their hive mates, is acknowledged as the only known form of symbolic communication in an invertebrate. However, the suggestion, that different species of honeybee might possess distinct ‘dialects’ of the waggle dance, remains controversial. Furthermore, it remains unclear whether different species of honeybee can learn from and communicate with each other. This study reports...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2008-06-04
Type: Journal article
Source: PLOS ONE (Public Library of Science)
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0002365


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