Answered By: Connie Britton Last Updated: Aug 21, 2014 Views: 100
Worker bees leave the hive in search of food sources and water. Before making these foraging flights, the young workers take short "orientation" flights outside the hive to familiarize themselves with surrounding landmarks. During these orientation flights, the bees will travel farther from the hive gathering information about the surroundings to help them return. Beekeepers will sometimes paint the hives different colors to aid the bees in returning to the proper colony. Once workers start making foraging flights for food, they communicate with one another through "dance" movements of their bodies to convey information about the distance and direction to a food source. They will use this information plus cues from the sun's position and landmarks they have learned to be able to return to their hive.