Sun Compensation by Bees

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Science  01 Feb 1980:
Vol. 207, Issue 4430, pp. 545-547
DOI: 10.1126/science.207.4430.545


In both their navigation and dance communication, bees are able to compensate for the sun's movement. When foragers are prevented from seeing the sun for 2 hours, they compensate by extrapolation, using the sun's rate of movement when last observed. These and other data suggest a time-averaging processing strategy in honey bee orientation.