They dance and may even dream: Six things you may not know about honeybees.
Honeybees are surprisingly intelligent creatures that can make decisions for themselves.
Honeybees ‘dance’ for each other — and we can dance for them, too!
When you take a look inside a bustling beehive, you’re likely to see a bee or two putting on a show. They’re doing the aptly named “waggle dance” for their sisters.
The “dance” is actually a vital form of communication, relaying information about the location and distance of nearby food and water sources, or potential locations for a new hive if the colony has split.
The dance was decoded in 1946 by famed ethologist Karl von Frisch, and decades later, humans are able to communicate with honeybees. Researchers have created robot bees capable of busting a move with the same dance steps, communicating exactly where bees can find food — and then watched as they went off to search.