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One of two patterns of movement, first described by the Austrian zoologist Karl von Frisch (1886–1982) in a series of publications from 1924 to 1955, through which a female honey-bee communicates to other members of her hive the direction and distance of a source of nectar or sometimes a new nesting site less than a certain distance away—less than about 5–80 metres away, depending on the bee species or subspecies—the more elaborate and specific waggle dance being reserved for targets further away. In the round dance, the bee moves in circles on a (usually) vertical surface of the honeycomb, alternating clockwise and anticlockwise, the liveliness and length of her dance indicating how rich the food source is (see illustration). Also called a circling dance. [Translated from von Frisch's German Rundtanz literally round dance, from rund round + Tanz a dance]

Round dance

Subjects: Psychology.

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