How do bees and chimpanzee communicate?I was quite astonished when my Linguistic lecturer explain the uniqueness of the way the animal communicate, and he asked me how bees and chimpanzee...

How do bees and chimpanzee communicate?

I was quite astonished when my Linguistic lecturer explain the uniqueness of the way the animal communicate, and he asked me how bees and chimpanzee communicate. I answered 'bees buzz' chimpanzee 'maybe the slight movement of their tail'. I don't know actually.. so can someone explain..

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enotechris | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

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...apparently chimpanzees and bees share the ability to dance as a form of communication (see link below.) The intent is very different -- bees are mapping out where the pollen is; chimpanzees are showing a threat of force.

http://science.jrank.org/pages/1419/Chimpanzees-Communication.html

 

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Yes, all animals can hear bees buzz and this is a sign that there is danger. I don't think a chimpanzee can communicate with a bee any more than by stealing its honey. It can flick the bees away with its tail, but that's not really communicating. Inter-species communication is much harder.

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