The Bee Battles: Karl von Frisch, Adrian Wenner and the Honey Bee Dance Language Controversy

@article{Munz2005TheBB,
  title={The Bee Battles: Karl von Frisch, Adrian Wenner and the Honey Bee Dance Language Controversy},
  author={Tania Munz},
  journal={Journal of the History of Biology},
  year={2005},
  volume={38},
  pages={535-570}
}
  • Tania Munz
  • Published 1 November 2005
  • Psychology
  • Journal of the History of Biology
In 1967, American biologist Adrian Wenner (1928–) launched an extensive challenge to Karl von Frisch’s (1886–1982) theory that bees communicate to each other the direction and distance of food sources by a symbolic dance language. Wenner and various collaborators argued that bees locate foods solely by odors. Although the dispute had largely run its course by 1973 – von Frisch was awarded a Nobel Prize, while Wenner withdrew from active bee research – it offers us a rare window into mid… 
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