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Guiding a swarm

A nice case study of how individual knowledge can be used to shape the navigation of a group comes from scout bees who have to guide a swarm to a newly chosen hive-location. Using harmonic radar Greggers et al. have been able to provide evidence for the streaker bee hypothesis. Scouts are observed to fly quickly through a swarm in the direction of the new site before slowly looping back and repeating the procedure. Thus the swarm can gain directional guidance from the knowledgeable scouts.

Uwe Greggers, Caspar Schöning, Jacqueline Degen and Randolf Menzel (2013) Scouts behave as streakers in honeybee swarms. Naturwissenschaften. doi 10.1007/s00114-013-1077-7

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