Title of Research Topic: Bee Sight & Dance

Izzie, Will, Max, George, and Grace

Team Roles:

Project Manager = Grace
  • Encourage a positive attitude within the team
  • Encourage and focus the team (refer to your goals and reflections)
  • Help where needed most
  • Ensure deadlines are hit
Chief Technician = George
  • Manage digital aspects of the team
  • Thoughtfully delegate digital tasks
  • Problem solve technical issues
  • Store and save files (and share on Google Drive with all team members)
  • Maintain Wiki page, including all photography
Strategy Manager = Max
  • Organize and delegate research tasks
  • Encourage team to take risks and be creative
  • Focus team on creative problem solving
  • Lead team in embracing challenge
  • Lead troubleshooting and brainstorming sessions
Communication Manager = Izzie
  • Lead spokesperson for class discussions
  • Lead team discussions, ensure all ideas are heard
  • Locate contact information for experts when needed
  • Lead communications with outside experts
  • Ask for help from other groups or teacher when needed
  • Update social media accounts when necessary (Twitter, Instagram)
Quality Control Manager = Will
  • Ensure team has a finished, polished product before presenting to an audience
  • Ensure all work is free from spelling/grammar errors
  • Lead team in making all products visually appealing
  • Lead team in making sure all content is accurate and appropriate

Goal Setting:

1. What specific questions does your group have about your research topic (or questions you think the public may have)?
  • How do bees dance?
  • What do bees see?
  • Why do bees see differently?
  • Why do bees dance?
  • How do bees communicate?
  • What light spectrum do bees see in?
  • How do bees communicate through dance?
  • Do bees see different colors than we do?
  • What situations will bees dance in?
  • Do bees dance to tell time?

2. What specific goals does your group want to achieve by the end of the school year?
  • Present.
  • Make a presentation.
  • Understand bee sight.
  • Understand bee dance.
  • Learn the bee color spectrum.

3. What specific goals does your group want to achieve by the end of the first Quarter (11/7/16)?
  • Learn the bee color spectrum.
  • Learn why bees dance.

4. What is your step-by-step Action Plan to achieve the goals you've set for Quarter 1? Who will be in charge of each step?
  • 1a. Go to the BCS Bees website and research sight and dance
  • 1b. Read the important parts of incredibly large bee sight and dance book.
  • 2. Go to the Media Center. Research from the databases.
  • 3. We will look at the BCS Bees website
  • 4. We will look at Newsela
  • 5. Use online resources.
  • 6. Look for the old Bee sight and dance poster and website. **
  • 7. Ask other groups for ideas of questions.
  • 8. Answer questions we have or the world has.
  • 9. Add information.

5. What goals do we want to accomplish by the end of the second quarter?
  • Make a google slide- Izzie, Ume & Grace
  • Crossword puzzle- George & Max
  • kahoot- Whoever gets done with there plan first.

Our Crossword Puzzle:


Our Google Doc:

Research Sources and Notes:
  • (Book): _ The Language and orientation of bees, Karl Von Frisch, 1967
    (include title, author, and year published)
    • Some farmers mark there bees with marks so that they can keep track of there bees.
    • In the round dance the dancer is followed by 3 bees in order to communicate. The one in the middle is going round and round in a circle.
    • The tale wagging dance is where 3 bees follow the bee that is giving them info. They follow each other around.
    • Depending on the way a bee moves describes the way the bees are talking. -waggle dance.
    • The dances very depending on different species of bees.

  • (Book): _ The Biology of the Honey Bees, Mark L. Winston, 1987(include title, author, and year published)
    • Pages 150-168
    • The Dvav is a worker bee.

  • (Website): _ http://www.hiveandhoneyapiary.com/TheWaggleDanceTalk.html
    (include website URL, title, author, and date published/updated)
    • Bees use the waggle dace to talk.
    • The waggle dance was first noted by Aristotle around 330 B.C.E.
    • The recruitment of foragers from a hive begins when a scout bee returns to the hive engorged with nectar from a newly found nectar source. She begins by spending 30-45 seconds regurgitating and distributing nectar to bees waiting in the hive. Once her generosity has garnered an audience, the dancing begins. There are 2 types of bee dances: the round dance and the tail-wagging or waggle dance, with a transitional form known as the sickle dance.

  • (Website): _ (include website URL, title, author, and date published/updated)

The Round Dance:

The round dance is used for food sources 25-100 meters away from the hive or closer. After distributing some of her new-found nectar to waiting bees the scout will begin running in a small circle, switching direction every so often. After the dance ends food is again distributed at this or some other place on the comb and the dance may be repeated three or (rarely) more times.
The round dance does not give directional information. Bees elicited into foraging after a round dance fly out of the hive in all directions searching for the food source they know must be there. Odor helps recruited bees find the new flowers in two ways. Bees watching the dance detect fragrance of the flower left on the dancing bee. Additionally, the scout bee leaves odor from its scent gland on the flower that helps guide the recruits.

The Waggle Dance:

As the food source becomes more distant the round dance is replaced by the waggle dance. There is a gradual transition between the round and waggle dance, taking place through either a figure eight or sickle shaped pattern.
Shown here is a dancing bee on a swarm. The marked bee has returned from a sugar water feeder. She is seen here being unloaded by a number of bees, and then begins to dance, which communicates the source of sugar water related to the current sun azimuth. This recording was produced at the University of California, Riverside by Kirk Visscher.

The waggle dance includes information about the direction and energy required to fly to the goal. Energy expenditure (or distance) is indicated by the length of time it takes to make one circuit. For example a bee may dance 8-9 circuits in 15 seconds for a food source 200 meters away, 4-5 for a food source 1000 meters away, and 3 circuits in 15 seconds for a food source 2000 meters away.

How Bees See Things:

In the vast electromagnetic spectrum of wavelengths (extending from below the long wavelengths used for radio, to the short wavelengths of gamma radiation) we humans see only a miniscule fraction that we call visible light. This small sliver, spanning the distance between violet and red is the way we perceive the world around us with our eyes. However bees and other insects have a different view of the world. Their whole range of light is shifted further towards the violet end of the spectrum and further from the red. This means that, while they can’t perceive red, they see colors we simply cannot see – what we call ultra-violet. This also means is that bees see a world literally hidden before our eyes.
On flowers we humans would consider unremarkable, like the plain yellow Black Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida) and Apache beggarticks (Bidens ferulifolia) shown here, bold discs of color show up that we could never see with our own vision – but bees can.
On many flowers featured on Dr. Schmitt’s site, we can see runway or target-like patterns that guide bees in to land, right on the exact spot where they store their honey and pollen. In the beautiful symbiotic win-win relationship between flowers and bees (where the flowers provide the bee with food in the form of honey and pollen, and the bee pollenates flowers of the same type when it lands on them), these markings help guide a process which is mutually beneficial.

  • Encourage a positive attitude within the team
  • Encourage/Focus the team (refer to reflection/goals as needed)
  • Help where needed most
  • Ensure deadlines are hit



How bees see things. Read about it up above.