Why do honeybees dance?


Honey bees:

  • Honey bees belong to the kingdom Animalia and phylum Arthropoda.
  • Honey bees come under the class Insecta and family Apidae.
  • Honey bees are the animal of genus Apis.
  • Only the members of genus Apis are said to be as a true honey bee.
  • Honey bees are very much famous and human friendly due to their products such as honey, wax and crop pollination.
  • The most famous or the best known honey bee is western honey bee with a scientific name as Apis Mellifera.
  • Honey bees are found to live in colonies or clusters.
  • Honey bees use their stings filled up of venom for any intruder to their cluster.
  • Honey bees can communicate with each other in some possible ways such as releasing some special chemicals and odors just like any normal insect.
  • They can also communicate through a special dance language to provide others with some specific information.

Why do honey bees dance?

  • Honey bees dance to communicate with other honey bees of their group to pass on some important information.
  • They mostly dance to provide their group members with the information regarding the nutritional source such as flower’s nectar and its location around them.
  • This dance is known as “waggle dance”.
  • The dance movements is different for each species.
  • Honey bees can also perform dance language to pass on other information also such as during the process of reproductive fission, swarming or while communicating the location and quality of nectar site.

Fun Facts:

  1. Honey bees are the very small part of the 20,000 known species of bees around the world.
  2. In present, only eight surviving species of honey bees are found across the globe with around 43 subspecies.
  3. The flavor of the honey depends on the nectar of the flower which a bee is collecting.

Related Questions:

  1. What is Apis Mellifera?
  2. What are the uses of honey bees?
  3. How does a honey bee survive in cold temperature?

True or False:

  1. Honey bees belong to the kingdom Animalia.
  2. Honey bees are famous for producing honey.
  3. Wax collected from honey bees is of no use.
  4. Honey bees collect nectar from the birds nest.
  5. Honey bees have no communication amongst themselves.

Objective Quiz:

  1. Honey bees communicate through ______.
    1. Producing a specific odor.
    2. Releasing some chemicals.
    3. Performing dance language.
    4. All of the above.
  2. Honey bees provide us with ______.
    1. Honey.
    2. Wax.
    3. Crop pollination.
    4. All of the above.
  3. The most famous species of honey bee is _____.
    1. Apis Mellifera.
    2. Western Honey bee.
    3. Both 1) and 2).
    4. None of the above.
  4. The dance performed by the honey bee to provide nutrient information is called as _______.
    1. Waggle Dance.
    2. Wiggle Dance.
    3. Wither Dance.
    4. None of the above.
  5. Honey bees belong to the ______.
    1. Phylum Arthropoda.
    2. Phylum Insecta.
    3. Phylum Mammalia.
    4. None of the above.

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