Recruiting waggle dance?

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  1. Versipelis

    Versipelis New Member

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    I've been told, that once a bee finds a source of nectar, they will continue to go to that source until death. If this is true, why would another bee perform the waggle dance? In other words, if a bee is already committed to a source of nectar, why would another bee try a recruit followers to another nectar source, since most of the foragers are committed?
     
  2. Ray

    Ray Member

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    Bees will work on a nectar source until it's depleted and then go to a different source. The waggle dance and recruitment is still being studied and IMO has created more questions than answers.

    What causes a 'nectar collector' to move on to a different nectar source?
    Do they look for a new source or return to the hive and wait for a new assignment?
    Do some forages 'prefer' nectar or pollen or propolis?
     

  3. ibeelearning

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    I seem to have been taught that they commit to the source until its depletion, as well. That it turns out to be until death is a function of the relative short remaining life of the individual bee once it is "promoted" to forager, rather than blind devotion to a source.

    I am always fascinated by the docs that have bees flying around with little gps transmitters.
     
  4. Gypsi

    Gypsi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Ain't that the truth. with few robbers I've been open feeding a little syrup on nice days, have fondant on the hives for not nice ones. I have noted they carefully recheck all the feed containers for syrup every day, which lets me know if they are hungry and I respond by putting some out.