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Old 08-06-2009, 06:43 PM   #1
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Honeybees warn of risky flowers
Matt Walker
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Page last updated at 11:00 GMT, Friday, 31 July 2009 12:00 UK

BBC - Earth News - Honeybees warn of risky flowers
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Honeybees warn each other to steer clear of dangerous flowers where they might get killed by lurking predators.

Scientists made the discovery by placing dead bees upon flowers and then watching how newly arriving bees react to the danger.

Not only do the bees avoid the flowers, they then communicate the threat when they return to the hive via their well known waggle dance.

The discovery is published in the journal Animal Behaviour.
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