August speaker: Decoding honey bee dances

VT honey bee researcher Dr. Richard Fell will present the basics of dance communication at the Aug. 14 NRVBA meeting.

VT honey bee researcher Dr. Richard Fell will present the basics of dance communication at the Aug. 14 NRVBA meeting.

Join the New River Valley Beekeepers Association at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 14 at the Montgomery County Health and Human Services Building, 210 Pepper St., when Virginia Tech entomology emeritus professor Richard Fell will help us decode the amazing dance language of the honey bee.

The existance of a complex dance communication system in honey bee colonies was first proposed by Austrian researcher and Nobel Laureate Karl von Frisch, and the research was continued by his student Martin Lindauer and later by Cornell bee researcher Tom Seeley.

Virginia Tech honey bee researcher Rick Fell

Virginia Tech honey bee researcher Rick Fell

Fell will teach us the basics of dance language communication, including how bees navigate and reenact their fruitful flights to recruit their nest mates to gather food.

We’ll have the usual equipment raffle and discuss what we should be seeing in our hives, and what we should be doing to help the bees prepare for winter.

Please consider bringing a drink or snack to share.

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