OBSERVATIONS AND EXPERIMENTS ON DANCE COMMUNICATION IN APIS FLOREA IN SRI LANKA

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Journal of Apicultural Research
Vol. 21 (1) pp.45-52
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Date
March 1982
Article Title
OBSERVATIONS AND EXPERIMENTS ON DANCE COMMUNICATION IN APIS FLOREA IN SRI LANKA
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N. KOENIGER, G. KOENIGER, R. K. W. PUNCHIHEWA, Mo. FABRITIUS4 AND Mi. FABRITIUS
Abstract
direction of the wagtail run of the dance. If the dancing bee had a direct view of the sky, the wagtail dances pointed approximately in the direction of the feeding place, on average 6'20 to the right of it (SD = ± 150). Without direct sight of the sky, A. florea also performed wagtail dances oriented towards the feeding place, on average 4'40 to the right of it (SD = ± 250). When bees saw the sky through a mirror, they danced in one of two directions. The first seemed to be the direction of the image of the feeding place in the mirror, and the second the opposite direction (1800 from the first).
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