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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #85137: Honeybees [American English]
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    Honeybees [American English]

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    A healthy of honeybees functions like a perfect and fluid organism. At the center of all activity is the . An egg-laying machine, the queen is actually a to her duties laying up to twenty-five hundred eggs a day; as many as two in her lifetime. The worker bees are all female and make up the of the colony. In a typical hive of thousand bees, only about one hundred are males, called 'drones'. With oversized eyes and bulky bodies, drones are not equipped to gather pollen or nectar and must on the workers to feed them. The invaluable work bees do takes its toll. In the summer, workers only live around thirty days, literally worked to . But the hive is constantly replenished with new of bees ready to go to work from the moment they hatch. When a bee is three weeks old, she becomes a forager and will the rest of her short life collecting nectar and pollen. She'll fly up to three miles away and, , always return to the same hive. When she discovers an pollen source, she'll recruit other foragers through a most unusual form of communication: a dance. -She informs the other bees that food is and that food is in such and such a direction from the hive and is at such and such a distance away from the hive. And those pieces of information, distance and direction, are encoded in movements and sounds that she produces. 'Turn at one hundred feet' 'Take a at fifty feet.' The waggle dance is the only known symbolic that exists outside the realm of humans and lower primates. There's really nothing that to the dance language of the honeybee. It stands as one of the seven of the animal behavior world.

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