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Honeybee dances communicate distances measured by optic flow

Esch, Harald E; Zhang, Shao Wu; Srinivasan, Mandyam V; Tautz, Juergen

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In honeybees, employed foragers recruit unemployed hive mates to food sources by dances from which a human observer can read the distance and direction of the food source. When foragers collect food in a short, narrow tunnel, they dance as if the food source were much farther away. Dancers gauge distance by retinal image flow on the way to their destination. Their visually driven odometer misreads distance because the close tunnel walls increase optic flow. We examined how hive mates interpret...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2001
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/93302
Source: Nature
DOI: 10.1038/35079072

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