The Elusive Honey Bee Dance “Language” Hypothesis

@article{Wenner2004TheEH,
  title={The Elusive Honey Bee Dance “Language” Hypothesis},
  author={Adrian M. Wenner},
  journal={Journal of Insect Behavior},
  year={2004},
  volume={15},
  pages={859-878}
}
  • A. Wenner
  • Published 1 November 2002
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Insect Behavior
In the mid-1930s, Karl von Frisch proposed the equivalent of an odor-search hypothesis for honey bee recruitment to food sources. A decade later he switched to the equivalent of a “dance language” hypothesis (though he apparently did not consider his conclusions as hypotheses in either case). The later and more exotic hypothesis rapidly gained acceptance, but it failed its first experimental tests in the mid-1960s; searching recruits did not behave as von Frisch indicated they should under the… 
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