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Bees teach their babies how to dance

By Dino Grandoni

09 Mar 2023 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

Bees learn a complex, choreographed "waggle dance" in order to communicate. It's considered one of "the most remarkable innovations of animal communication." The Post has the story.

For a bee to be successful, it needs to shake its honey maker.

Scientists have long known honey bees jiggle their bodies to let nestmates know the location of nearby nectar and pollen. Bees choreograph their twists and turns with cues about the direction, distance and even the deliciousness of flowers around the hive.

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