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Arthropods: Crustaceans, Insects, and Spiders

Who discovered the “dance of the bees”?

In 1943, Karl von Frisch (1886–1982) published his study on the dance of the bees. It is a precise pattern of movements performed by returning forager (worker) honeybees in order to communicate the direction and distance of a food source to the other workers in the hive. The dance is performed on the vertical surface of the hive and two kinds of dances have been recognized: the round dance (performed when food is nearby) and the waggle dance (done when food is farther away).


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