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He studied zoology with Richard von Hertwig whom he later succeeded as a professor of zoology at Munich, Germany. He studied the senses of bees, identified their mechanisms of communication and showed their sensitivity to ultraviolet and polarized light. In the center of his work were the study of the sensory perceptions of the honeybee and the way of the communication of these animals among themselves. He was one of the first who translated the meaning of the waggle dance. The theory was disputed by other scientists and greeted with skepticism at the time. Only recently was it definitively proved to be an accurate theoretical analysis (see Nature magazine reference).
- Karl Von Frisch, Dancing Bees: An Account of the Life and Senses of the Honey Bee.
- Dance and communication of honeybees
- The flight paths of honeybees recruited by the waggle dance, Nature 435, May 2005, pp.205-207.
- Karl von Frisch, Decoding the Language of the Bee, Nobel Lecture, December 12, 1973
- Biography and bibliography in the Virtual Laboratory of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Sciencede:Karl von Frisch