Markov model of honeybee social behavior

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

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It is well established mat honeybees inform their nestmates of the location of flowers they have visited by a unique behavior called a "waggle dance". To evaluate the efficacy of this dance in terms of food collection, we constructed a Markov model for foraging behavior. The computer simulation showed that our model faithfully expressed actual bee behavior; revealed that a colony in which honeybees danced and correctly transferred information made 2.15 times more successful visits to food sources compared to a colony with non-accurate information transfer; and suggested that the waggle dance is effective only under particular conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1115-1130
Number of pages16
Issue number3 B
Publication statusPublished - 2010 May 1
Externally publishedYes


  • Information transfer
  • Insect
  • Markov model
  • Social behavior
  • Waggle dance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems


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