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Science Saturday - Bee Dance

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Did you know bees dance?  They use this dance to help communicate with other bees in the hive the location of the best flowers or a perfect location for a new hive.  This bee waggle is actually part of the bees genetics.  Bees start out as nurse bees, taking care of the queen.  After a few weeks the gene kicks in and the bees become worker bees and begin foraging for pollen.  When bees are looking for a new hive worker bees will scout out potential locations.  They come back to the swarm, the group of nurse bees surrounding and protecting the queen bee, and do a dance to show the location of the potential new hive.  The bees all begin to do the same dance based on the best location.  If one bee doesn't do the dance the other bees will persuade the bee to dance with the rest of the colony.  Want to know more?  Check out the online database: Science in Context.