Page 1 of 5 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 43

Thread: Communication in Bees

  1. #1
    Administrator gavin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Tayside
    Posts
    4,452
    Blog Entries
    41

    Default Communication in Bees

    I promised the audiences of this talk a list of videos they could look at again:

    Grooming:



    Dorso-ventral abdominal vibration signal:



    Heater bees (the long version):



    Waggle dance:



    The Tom Seeley swarming videos:

    http://www.sciencefriday.com/videos/series/5/

    The Stop signal:



    Waving in Apis dorsata to repel predators:



    Waving to synchronise attack on Giant hornet in Apis cerana:



    Virgin queen piping:



    Enjoy!

    Gavin

  2. #2
    Administrator gavin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Tayside
    Posts
    4,452
    Blog Entries
    41

    Default

    Last night I forgot to return to the first video and ask the good folk of Ayrshire what they could now see in that first video. Any takers? We discussed the begging for grooming (sideways flicking) and the response of the groomer (grooming!), but not other interactions in the video.

    Next stop Kilbarchan - but I can't remember when!

  3. #3
    Senior Member EmsE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Longbenton
    Posts
    404
    Blog Entries
    1

    Default

    I'd better not look then. Don't want to spoil the surprise . The talk is on the 2nd Tuesday in March. Looking forward to it.

  4. #4
    Administrator gavin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Tayside
    Posts
    4,452
    Blog Entries
    41

    Default

    Thanks!

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    North Wales
    Posts
    639

    Default

    I have looked at a few of them so far but noticed one surprising comment on the heater bee video. It was stated that scouts live up to 10 times longer than foragers. Has anyone else ever heard that one before? Is there a grain of truth in it?

    Rosie

  6. #6
    Administrator gavin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Tayside
    Posts
    4,452
    Blog Entries
    41

    Default

    (close your eyes Ems)

    That is the one thing in there that I'm not sure about either. They were advised by Jurgen Tautz' lab, so you'd expect it to be correct, but it does seem an incredible claim.

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    North Wales
    Posts
    639

    Default

    I remember when Bill Oddie did a piece about bumble bees on Springwatch. His researchers had consulted the BBKA and by the time it got to his delivery he got bumblebees and honey bees mixed up and started talking rubbish. I suspect something similar has happened here. They got their scouts mixed up with their queens. The original information provided by Tautz's lab was probably correct.

    Rosie

  8. #8
    Administrator gavin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Tayside
    Posts
    4,452
    Blog Entries
    41

    Default

    Yes, sounds feasible. Ten times 6 weeks isn't far from the average life of a queen in a swarmy Carniolan colony.

  9. #9
    Administrator gavin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Tayside
    Posts
    4,452
    Blog Entries
    41

    Default

    Lovely to meet the happy beekeepers of Kilbarchan tonight (I drove home safely by the way). There are two forum posters in this cheery bunch. Intelligent, questioning beekeepers and nearly beekeepers every one.





    Only Peter was missed by the camera.

  10. #10
    Senior Member EmsE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Longbenton
    Posts
    404
    Blog Entries
    1

    Default

    Hi Gavin,
    That was a really enjoyable talk -thank you,
    and certainly worth not peeking at the videos before hand. Good to hear you got back safely. When I went to post this last night the forum was down and thought it would either be the influx of new kilbarchan forum members joining after being encouraged to do so, or that you were uploading the photo's..

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •