Grooming dance

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A grooming dance, grooming invitation dance or shaking dance is a dance performed by honeybees to initiate allogrooming. It was first reported in 1945 by biologist Mykola H. Hadak.[1] An increase in the frequency of the grooming dance has been observed among the bees of mite-infested colonies,[2] and among bees who have been dusted with small particles of chalk dust.[3]

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  1. ^ Haydak, M. H. (1945) The language of the honeybees. American Bee Journal. Volume 85. pp. 316—317.
  2. ^ Pettis, J.S., T. Pankiw. (May–June 1998) Grooming behavior by Apis mellifera L. in the presence of Acarapis woodi (Rennie) (Acari: Tarsonemidae). Apidologie. Volume 29, Issue 3. pp. 241-253.
  3. ^ Land, B. B., T. D. Seeley. (28 January 2004) The Grooming Invitation Dance of the Honey Bee. Ethology. Volume 110, Issue 1. pp. 1-10.