Looking for some new moves on the dance floor? Well don’t look too far! There are several species of insects that are able shake their bodies to a rhythm. Here are three interesting performers that can definitely jive up a storm:
Our eight legged neighbors have more talent than just spinning webs. When attempting to find a mate, a male spider will jump and dance around to try impressing a potential mate. (Sound familiar boys?)
The Peacock Spider is particularly apt at doing this. He will lift his legs high in the air and bring them down slowly, much like a ballerina. He will spread himself wide, flattening himself down, before popping back up and then raise two of the back legs up at the same time.
Female spiders will watch carefully to see if the dancing spider is a good enough mate. When the Male is ready to make his move he will approach carefully, quickly waving his back legs back and forth in the air, much like a air traffic controller. He then lifts a brightly colored flap up into the air, mimicking a peacock.
Certain species of spiders even use dancing as a dramatic escape route. The Dancing White Lady Spider will actually cartwheel down sand dunes when it feels threatened. It can really get moving, traveling up to 44 spins per second.
Similar to sign language, bees will dance as a form of communication. The Honey Bee is particularly famous for doing this. A colony of honey bees will send out members in search of pollen. They will then return and perform a dance to describe the location of the pollen.
The dances have been studies by entomologists for year. They have agreed that there are three classes of dance: a round dance, a sickle dance and a waggle dance. The type, length and direction of a dance performed will describe the type and amount of a food source and precise directions to getting to the food source.
Some experts agree that even the angle at which a bee dances will indicate the angle of which the food is from the sun. For example, if a bee dances in a 25 degree angle from the top of the hive, that may mean that a food source is at a 25 degree angle from the sun. The bee would continue to dance to describe the direction and distance from the hive, before sending other bees to the food source.
Colonies of Honey bees are known to swarm locations of food if a dance interprets that there is a large source of food not too far from the hive.
Don’t forget about these unusual areal acrobats. Dancing Flies are known for performing swarmed choreographed areal patterns over favorite spots. Hundreds of flies will move together in a flowing pattern. Sometimes entire colonies of male only or female only flies will make contact with another group and swarm it. They will pair off and make two separate colonies full of couples of flies.
Several species of Fruit Flies have brightly colored wings and bodies. They are known to dance to potential mates and will even dance when their territories are threatened. They will dance at the invader to intimidate and scare away the threat.
Dancing is not just important for humans; it is widely used in the insect world as well. Watch out line dancers! You have some heavy competition from our creepy crawly neighbors!
Author Bio: Angelina Spence, as an avid dancer, loves watching these bizarre dances performed by these creepy crawlies. I also enjoy running and yoga when I’m not blogging for Bulwark Exterminating in Raleigh, NC.