Sunday, October 30, 2016

The Honey Bee Waggle Dance and Democratic Decision-making

This is the best video I've seen to date that demonstrates the interpretation of the waggle dance.  It's easy to understand because they show the bees in slow motion and overlay the directional information.  Takes the mystery out of it.

Also and equally fascinating is what we now know is the "honey bee democracy".  The queen is not in charge of the hive.  Her job is as an egg layer.  She's far too busy to give instructions to the workers on what to do.

Instead, no one is actually in charge and decisions are made by a vote of the majority.  True democracy at work.

See the U-Tube video:


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