Sound: An Element Common to Communication of Stingless Bees and to Dances of the Honey Bee

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Science  16 Jul 1965:
Vol. 149, Issue 3681, pp. 320-321
DOI: 10.1126/science.149.3681.320


Sounds are an important part of the communication behavior, the so-called dances, of the honey bee. Stingless bees, which do not use dances for communication, use sound signals to indicate the existence and, in some cases, the distance of a feeding place. The social organization of communities of stingless bees is more primitive than that of honey bees, yet certain commonfeatures of communication behavior in these two groups lead to a new hypothesis of the evolution of dancing behavior of the honey bee.