Honeybee foragers adjust crop contents before leaving the hive

@article{Harano2013HoneybeeFA,
  title={Honeybee foragers adjust crop contents before leaving the hive},
  author={Ken-ichi Harano and Akiko Mitsuhata-Asai and Takayuki Konishi and Takashi Suzuki and Masami Sasaki},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={2013},
  volume={67},
  pages={1169-1178}
}
Upon leaving the hive, foragers carry a small amount of honey, which they subsequently consume to generate energy for flight. We investigated the relationship between waggle-phase duration and crop volume in foragers (both dancers and dance followers) leaving the hive. Our findings indicate that these variables were positively correlated in the two types of bee, suggesting that they were able to adjust the amount of food that they carry depending on the distance to a food source. We also found… CONTINUE READING

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