Error in the honeybee waggle dance improves foraging flexibility

Ryuichi Okada, Hidetoshi Ikeno, Toshifumi Kimura, Mizue Ohashi, Hitoshi Aonuma, Etsuro Ito

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The honeybee waggle dance communicates the location of profitable food sources, usually with a certain degree of error in the directional information ranging from 10-15° at the lower margin. We simulated one-day colonial foraging to address the biological significance of information error in the waggle dance. When the error was 30° or larger, the waggle dance was not beneficial. If the error was 15°, the waggle dance was beneficial when the food sources were scarce. When the error was 10° or smaller, the waggle dance was beneficial under all the conditions tested. Our simulation also showed that precise information (0-5° error) yielded great success in finding feeders, but also caused failures at finding new feeders, i.e., a high-risk high-return strategy. The observation that actual bees perform the waggle dance with an error of 10-15° might reflect, at least in part, the maintenance of a successful yet risky foraging trade-off.

Original languageEnglish
Article number4175
JournalScientific Reports
Volume4
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Publication statusPublished - 2014 Feb 26
Externally publishedYes

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Error in the honeybee waggle dance improves foraging flexibility. / Okada, Ryuichi; Ikeno, Hidetoshi; Kimura, Toshifumi; Ohashi, Mizue; Aonuma, Hitoshi; Ito, Etsuro.

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Okada, Ryuichi ; Ikeno, Hidetoshi ; Kimura, Toshifumi ; Ohashi, Mizue ; Aonuma, Hitoshi ; Ito, Etsuro. / Error in the honeybee waggle dance improves foraging flexibility. In: Scientific Reports. 2014 ; Vol. 4.
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