Honeybee Waggle


Honeybee dance duration and distance to nesting site


A dataset with 7 observations on the following 2 variables.

  • DistanceDistance to the potential nest site (in meters)

  • Duration Duration of the waggle dance (in seconds)


When honeybee scouts find a food source or a nice site for a new home, they communicate the location to the rest of the swarm by doing a "waggle dance." They point in the direction of the site and dance longer for sites farther away. The rest of the bees use the duration of the dance to predict distance to the site.


Seeley, T., Honeybee Democracy, Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, 2010, p. 128

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