Tuesday, 9 January 2018
Carla has found a lovely poem by Norman Rowland Gale that describes bees beautifully.
You voluble, velvety fellows
That play on your flying and musical cellos
All golden girdled you serenade clover
Each artist in bass but a bibulous rover
Your passionate powdery pastoral bandits
Who gave you your roaming
Come out of my foxglove;
Come out of my roses
You bees with the plushy plausible noses.
Carla has been looking at the bees waggle dance. The bees do this dance within the hive to show the other foragers where the best food is located. They do a short zigzag when food is near and a longer one for further away. This dance was first decoded by the Austrian Scientist Karl con Frisch. He was awarded a Nobel prize in 1973 for this discovery.