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Foragers as a window onto landscape health

We all know that the waggle dance is used by honeybee foragers to indicate the location of profitable forage. Of course an eavesdropper can watch these dances and decipher which regions of the environment are favoured for foraging bees. Because bees are generalist foragers those locations indicated by dances are likely to represent particularly healthy ecosystems favoured by many pollinators. The use of this method allows an empirical assessment of farming practices and how they impact on pollinators.

Couvillon, M. J., Schürch, R., & Ratnieks, F. L. (2014). Dancing Bees Communicate a Foraging Preference for Rural Lands in High-Level Agri-Environment Schemes. Current Biology.

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