The configuration of the “dance” that a bee performs on returning from the field communicates to bees in the hive the location of the food source.
If the source lies within 10 yards of the hive, the dance is small and circular.
As the distance to the food increases, the figure flattens to an oval.
For food beyond 100 yards, the scout promenades slowly in a figure eight, whose shape indicates the location of the food in relation to the sun.
From: How Do They Do That? by Caroline Sutton
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