The Mysterious Waggle Dance

“Radar has helped resolve a long-standing controversy about the purpose of a strange dance performed by bees, Nature magazine reports.

The famous “waggle” dance contains information about the whereabouts of nectar, just as was originally proposed in the 1960s, scientists now claim.

The theory met with scepticism, partly because people did not believe bees could decode such a complex message. But now radar tracking has proved they do follow waggle dance instructions.”

Once again the seeming overlying simplicity of nature hides an undercurrent of complexity. Not only does the hive of bees ‘self’ organise, but this evidence would suggest that individual bees also have some sense of themselves. To understand the instructions from one bee they would have to have at least one piece of rather incredible former information:

The bee doing the dancing is another entity separate from themselves….

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