Skip to comments.Tiny Dancer: Scientists spy on booty-shaking bees to help conservation
Posted on 02/15/2020 11:37:51 AM PST by Twotone
We've long known honey bees shake their behinds to communicate the location of high-value flower patches to one another, a form of signaling that scientists refer to as "waggle dances."
A group of US biologists have now decoded the meaning of over 1,500 of these jigs, providing conservation groups trying to boost the imperiled species' population with new insights into their dietary preferences.
"The thing I think is the most interesting about bees is their communication," Morgan Carr-Markell, a PhD student at the University of Minnesota and the lead author of a new study published in the journal PLOS One, told AFP.
"So I wanted to be able to use that to help land managers who are interested in planting for bees, and give them on-the-ground information."
Carr-Markell and colleagues set out to answer two main questions: What types of flowers do these foragers seek out for pollen and nectar, their two main sources of food, and when do they engage in most of their foraging activity?
(Excerpt) Read more at afp.com ...
Does that make them booty judges?
Then vote Bernie (or Gay Pete, or Pocahontas, or Slow Joe, or any other Democrat)!
From a beekeeper:
What flowers do bees like?
When do they forage?
Sun up until sundown.
Now that my study is complete where’s my cut of that grant money???
The worker bees are all female, so the feminist types can make a political statement out of this.
And here I thought it would be an article on that Ram Manual dork!
Are the Booty-Shaking Bees from Babylon?
Tiny Dancer is Rahm Emanuel’s nickname
Don’t see any doing the wiggle.
The only time I saw that the wiggle was on a fairly large swarm hanging on a low branch. I spotted the swarm along side our driveway while coming home from work. I quickly placed a hive body underneath. By that time I could see that almost every bee on the outside of the swarm was doing the wiggle. I yanked the branch to dump the swarm into the hive, but instead of remaining cohesive and falling into the hive, the whole swarm took off, kind of circled and took off to a hollow tree about two blocks away. While observing that and lamenting my loss, I noticed a squirrel watching the bees entering the hole in the tree. Couldn’t help but wonder if it was now homeless?
They'll just drone on and on...
from the article:
“Habitat: Preference for places with plenty of flowers”
who woulda thunk, right?
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