How Bees Communicate


One of the first animal languages to be studied is the language of bees. Karl von Frisch, an Austrian zoologist, discovered a system of communication that allows worker bees to relate to the rest of the colony.

The bees use touch as their way to communicate with each other.
Worker bees perform ‘dances’ when they return to the hive.

The dance is either circular dance or ‘figure eight’ dance. Bees do the circular dance to indicate the location of food sources even a hundred yards away. In figure-eight dances, the bees waggle their bodies indicating a farther location of the food which is usually up to several miles from the hive.  Studies show that their system of communicating the location of a food source is accurate. They are able to precisely trace food source to within 20 degrees in direction and within 15 percent of the distance.