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How do bees and chimpanzee communicate?I was quite astonished when my Linguistic...

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jedayana | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted February 11, 2012 at 9:53 PM via web

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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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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 12, 2012 at 1:25 AM (Answer #2)

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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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vangoghfan | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 12, 2012 at 3:10 AM (Answer #3)

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Bees communicate with each other, apparently, through very elaborate "dances" that somehow can be interpreted by other bees as relaying important information, especially information about the location of sources of pollen.  Here's a fascinating article on this topic:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bee_learning_and_communication

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enotechris | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted February 14, 2012 at 1:59 AM (Answer #4)

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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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