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Honey Bee (Apis mellifera). Waggle Tail Dance

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Honey Bee (Apis mellifera). Waggle Tail Dance

A bee returning to the hive from a good source of nectar performs a 'dance' on the vertical comb. The dance follows a track like a squashed figure 8. The angle between the central line and the vertical represents the angle between the source, the hive and the sun. The degree of 'waggle' in this line indicates the distance; more waggle means greater distance. Other workers, in the darkness of the hive follow the dancing bee and so learn the direction and distance of the nectar source

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