The honey bee dance language

This video, showing clips made in spring 2012, gives information on an ongoing project using the honey bee waggle dance to investigate honey bee foraging during apple pollination. The project is being carried out by PhD student Nick Balfour and his supervisor Professor Francis Ratnieks of the Laboratory of Apiculture and Social Insects (LASI) at the University of Sussex. This project is part of Nick's PhD on "Helping Bees and Agricultural Pollination in Farm Land" which is part of the "Sussex Plan for Honey Bee Health & Well Being". The study was carried out at Moat Farm and Capel Grange Farm, Five Oak Green, in west Kent, which is one of the UK's main apple growing areas.  Apples are the most important UK crop requiring bee pollination. Funding was provided by Waitrose. The plan is to gather more data in spring 2013 before writing up. The results should provide valuable information on using bees effectively in apple pollination.


Here is another video clip about honey bee communication filmed by students from the University of Sussex.