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What Bees Know About Flowers

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Abstract

The visual and olfactory world of bees, their ability to orient in space, and a greater part of their communication revolve around their relationship with flowering plants.

Pollen and nectar are naturally renewable raw materials for bees, and are the essential basis on which the construction and function of the colony depends. Flowers are not always present nor limitlessly available. They are the irreplaceable resources for which bee colonies compete, among themselves and with other insects. To this end, honeybees have developed some astonishing abilities enabling them to be the first to reach and harvest flowers.

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Polarization Pattern Feeding Site Cherry Tree Waggle Dance Perceptive World 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2008

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