Hey guys, quick behavioral question I haven't been able to figure out from my readings...
As many of you have seen, we've got a new observation hive up in lab, and I constantly take time out of my day to watch and monitor the girls and relax. Although I am well familiar with the waggle and circle dances to communicate outside locations, I've recently been noticing some "stationary waggles" that I'm wondering about.
These are clearly not waggle or circle dances, but a bee will just stand still and shake her body semi-vigorously...sometimes to the attention of other sisters, sometimes not. Has anyone ever seen this before and can explain what's happening in these wags? Happens once or twice a minute, and is very obvious.
I would think that it might have something to do with generating heat, but the hive's internal temperature is where it should be...
Any guesses or answers?