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Aromatic Bzzz...
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Copyright: Sandu Sochirca (Zandell) (44)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot A620
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-10-29 13:17
Viewed: 4319
Points: 2
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The European honey bee, Apis mellifera is the best known bee species and one of the best known of all insects.

A European honey bee extracts nectar from flowers using its proboscis. Tiny hairs covering the bee's body maintain a slight electrostatic charge, causing pollen from the flower's anthers to stick to the bee, allowing for pollination when the bee moves on to another flower.

Bees communicate their floral findings in order to recruit other worker bees of the hive to forage in the same area. The factors that determine recruiting success are not completely known but probably include evaluations of the quality of nectar and/or pollen brought in.

There are two main hypotheses to explain how foragers recruit other workers the "waggle dance" or "dance language" theory and the "odor plume" theory. The dance language theory is far more widely accepted.

In 1947, Karl von Frisch correlated the runs and turns of the dance to the distance and direction of the food source from the hive. The orientation of the dance correlates to the relative position of the sun. There is no evidence that this form of communication depends on individual learning.

Von Frisch performed a series of experiments to validate his theory. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1973 for his discoveries.

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  • kojak Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 36 W: 0 N: 19] (163)
  • [2007-01-10 19:46]

Hey Sandu, like the details on this, very sharp taken! Yuo can see the little hairs on the leafs and the wings are so shiny. Good POV, like the blurry background.
Good work again, my friend ;)


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