Bees teach their young to dance, which is very useful in finding food. Photo: File
San Diego: We know that bees, when they return to the garden, dance in the figure of 8 near the hive to indicate a flower full of sap. However, baby bees learn this dance from their older bees.
The bee dance is very useful for them. This not only shows the orientation, distance and other details of the flowers but also reports the palatability of the juice. Now, according to the report published in the journal ‘Science’, bees are not born to dance, but the baby bees first learn to dance by watching the big bees.
James C. Nyhey, a professor at the University of California, San Diego, wrote in his paper that new bees learn from their elders to avoid mistakes. Although this process of social learning can be seen in animals with large brains such as monkeys and birds. Although bees have small brains, together they perform extraordinary tasks. Including the complex process like dancing.
Scientists examined ten colonies, or hives, of European bees and found that the older bees danced in the hive while the younger bees watched them. Sometimes they move forward and backward, sometimes they make a figure of 8 while walking. This tells her which direction to fly, while the circle count shows how far away the juice reservoir is.
Experts observed that 10-day-old bees learn to dance from older bees and then become expert dancers themselves.