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Is dance error adaptive?

Whilst dancing to indicate the position of potential food sources, bees show natural variation in the directions and distances danced. It has long been discussed whether this variation is adaptive, i.e. to spread foragers out across a range of potentially good locations, or whether the precision and consistency of dances is limited by other sensori-motor constraints. Preece and Beekman have written a review addressing this question and (spoiler alert!) they conclude ” … … that the error in the honeybee waggle dance is nonadaptive and that the bees dance as best they can.”

Preece, K., & Beekman, M. (2014). Honeybee waggle dance error: adaption or constraint? Unravelling the complex dance language of honeybees. Animal Behaviour, 94, 19-26.

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