1. Many insects make sounds humans can hear. List three or more of these. In each example, do those sounds have meaning — are they evidence the insects are deliberately communicating?
2. What’s one well known way that bees communicate with movement? (Hint: For its discovery, Karl von Frisch would share the 1973 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine.)
1. Which members of a bee hive quack and toot?
2. What are acoustic waves and how can they be used in communication?
3. What are apiaries?
4. What do a bee’s quacks signal?
5. What do the workers bees do when they hear a queen’s tooting stop?
6. Under what circumstances will the worker bees let all of the baby queens hatch at once?
1. Why do you think bees evolved this particular communication style? (Hint: Think about what a beehive sounds like.)
2. What might happen to the bee society if baby queens were silent?