Bees 'Shout' Instead of 'Whisper' to Avoid Eavesdroppers

July 8, 2014 1:22 PM

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Deterring outside competition is an important part of survival in the animal kingdom. In fact, some species have developed "whispers" in order to communicate the location of a prized food source to nestmates while keeping it hidden from outside competitors. Now, though, researchers have found that some species of bees in Brazil do the exact opposite; they "shout" when it comes to their food-recruitment signals.

"Our study provides a new way of looking at how eavesdroppers affect the evolution of animal communication signals," said Elinor Lichtenberg, one of the researchers, in a news release. "Until now, it was thought that eavesdroppers select against conspicuous signals, for example by more easily findin...

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