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9/14/09 1 Animal Communication The Dance Language of Bees Especially sophisticated form of animal communication Totally honest signaling Decoding message, checking meaning Karl von Frisch style: crisp, incisive experiments Zig-zag path of investigation, even for a Nobel Prize (1973) winner Karl von Frisch (1886-1982) With 3 older brothers Young professor
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9/14/09 2 Conspicuous, but mysterious, signal “To many it will seem ridiculous or even incredible if I mention that bees too indulge in certain pleasures and jollity, and that at times they even set about a certain dance after their fashion…What this dance really means, I cannot yet comprehend…” Unhoch, H. 1823. [ Introduction to the true knowledge and profitable management of bees ] . Munich.
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9/14/09 3 Waggle dance • Target direction relative to sun = waggle run angle relative to vertical (0-360°) • Target distance is coded in the duration of the waggle run (0-10,000 m) What is the message? Message Meaning Definition : What information the What the receiver sender provides. makes of the message. Identification : Consistent condition Consistent response
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4 What is the message? (Find a consistent context.)
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This note was uploaded on 12/25/2009 for the course BIO 2210 taught by Professor Seeley during the Fall '08 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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