Look Who's Dancing
Check out the stepsand the songsof honeybees' overlooked cousins
A stingless bee in Panama dances with a sophistication to rival the honeybee, and even bumblebees show a crude form of communication.
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James L. Gould
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
330A Guyot Hall
Princeton, NJ 08544
James C. Nieh
Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
Cambridge, MA 02138
From Science News, Vol. 155, No. 14, April 3, 1999, p. 216. Copyright © 1999, Science Service.