Vibration Signal Modulates the Behavior of House-hunting Honey Bees (Apis mellifera)
Article first published online: 25 DEC 2001
Volume 105, Issue 9, pages 759–769, September 1999
How to Cite
Visscher, P. K., Shepardson, J., McCart, L. and Camazine, S. (1999), Vibration Signal Modulates the Behavior of House-hunting Honey Bees (Apis mellifera) . Ethology, 105: 759–769. doi: 10.1046/j.1439-0310.1999.00462.x
- Issue published online: 25 DEC 2001
- Article first published online: 25 DEC 2001
Honey bees (Apis mellifera) in house-hunting swarms perform vibration signals (dorsoventral abdominal vibration (DVAV)) of 18.05 ± 0.45 Hz for 1.36 ± 0.23 s throughout the house selection process. These signals are performed by a specialized subset of bees, most of whom never perform recruitment dances to nest sites. Individuals repeatedly vibrate others. The patterns of vibration signal performance are consistent with the hypothesis that it serves to activate bees for take-off, but may also activate bees to scout for nest sites.