Here are several of the most common bee dances:
Round Dance Purpose: To inform other bees of nectar within 10 meters. In this dance, the bee: Runs in small circles.
Cleaning Dance Purpose: To ask another bee for a grooming. In this dance, the bee: Stamps her feet and shakes her body.
Joy Dance Purpose: To celebrate, for example, when a new queen emerges from her cell. In this dance, the bee: Places her front legs on one another and pulses her abdomen up and down
Massage Dance Purpose: To request a massage…even a bee needs a massage sometimes! In this dance, the bee: Moves her head in a certain angle. Other bees respond by pulling her leg joints and touching her sides.
Alarm Dance Purpose: When a food source is contaminated, bees dance to warn others of the danger. In this dance, the bee: Vibrates vigorously and runs in a zigzag, spiral motion.
Tremble Dance Purpose: To inform other bees that a large load of nectar has arrived in the hive for processing. In this dance, the bee: Walks leisurely and wiggles their legs, causing their bodies to quiver and tremble.Shake Dance Purpose: To inform house bees to help the foragers collect nectar from a particularly rich source. In this dance, the bee: Foragers shudder in front of one housebee at a time, to notify up to 20 per minute. Whir Dance Purpose: To motivate the colony to leave the hive and swarm. In this dance, the bee: Runs in zigzags, whirs its wings and shakes its body. Waggle Dance Purpose: To explain the distance, direction and desirability of a nectar source farther than 10 meters. In this dance, the bee: Makes two semi-circles and then runs the diameter of the circle. The straight side of the semi-circle shows direction, the running speed shows distance and the intensity shows the nectar’s sweetness and quantity.