Round dance (honey bee)

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Round dance is a term used in bee keeping, entomology and communication of social insects. It describes a specific communicative behavior of honey bees inside the bee hive. When a forager, or scout bee, returns to the hive she performs a round dance to communicate the location of food sources close to the colony (less than 35 yards away).[1] The bee moves in a circular pattern.

The waggle dance is used for communicating more distant nectar sources or pollen sources. The bee moves in a figure 8.


  1. ^ "NOVA Online – Tales from the Hive – The Round Dance". NOVA. 1999. Retrieved 2008-12-21.