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Original Research Articles                      Volume : 7, Issue:9, September, 2018

PRINT ISSN : 2319-7692
Online ISSN : 2319-7706
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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2018.7(9): 3704-3718

Fascinating Communication in Honey Bees
Pratiksha Sanjay Bandgar1, Kajal Appasaheb Pondkule2 and Vitthalrao B. Khyade3
1Shardabai Pawar Mahila Mahavidyalaya, Shardanagar Tal. Baramati Dist. Pune – 413115, India
2Malegaon Sheti Farm, Agricultural Development Trust Baramati, Shardanagar, (Malegaon Khurd) Post Box No - 35, Baramati, Pune 413 115, Maharashtra, India
3Department of Zoology, Shardabai Pawar Mahila Mahavidyalaya, Shardanagar Tal. Baramati Dist. Pune – 413115, India
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Forager bees communicate their floral findings in order to recruit other worker bees of the hive to forage in the same area. The factors that determine recruiting success are including evaluations of the quality of nectar and/or pollen brought in. The waggle dance and odor plume are the two hypotheses for explaining “foragers recruit other workers bees in hive”. The dance theory is far more widely accepted, and has far more empirical support than the odor theory. Supporters of the dance theory often grant odor a significant role in recruitment, while supporters of the odor theory have claimed that the dance is essentially irrelevant to recruitment. The academic debate between these theories has been polarized and sometimes hostile. Asian honey bees provide fascinating in sights into the evolution of honey bee foraging communication. Although all honey bees use the waggle dance to communicate resource location, variations in the waggle dance and in the biology of Asian species have led to several different hypotheses about how and why this famous behavior evolved. In this review, my goal is to suggest areas of research and questions that will help us understand the evolution of honey bee foraging communication in greater detail. Specifically, I would like to draw attention to the selective pressures imposed by direct competition and aggression over floral resources and nest robbing, signals related to danger, and experiments that may allow us to resolve questions about honey bee dance dialects. I hope that these suggestions will stimulate more research in Asian honey bees and allow us to develop a better overall picture of the evolution of foraging communication in the corbiculate bees (Hymenoptera, Apidae).

Keywords: Bee dance language, Competition, Foraging, Communication, Signals of danger

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Pratiksha Sanjay Bandgar, Kajal Appasaheb Pondkule and Vitthalrao B. Khyade. 2018. Fascinating Communication in Honey Bees.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 7(9): 3704-3718. doi:
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