They used simultaneous video and accelerometers embedded into the honeycomb of a number of hives which meant they did not disturb the colony.
Dr Martin Bencsik, lead researcher and a scientist at the university’s School of Science and Technology, said: “Bees rest to conserve energy when they don’t need to be active, and some will wake the others up when it is time to start work.
“We now have proof that honeybees induce specific vibrational wave forms into the honeycomb.
“Now that we have thorough measurements of these, we could artificially drive them into the comb to further challenge our understanding of its functions.”
He added: “There are numerous exciting new pathways to explore, as a result of this work.”
One of the study paper’s authors, Michael Ramsey, said: “It is amazing how we can tap into the world of bees’ vibrations using this technology.
“It allows us to experience a honeybee hive as if we were a bee stood on the comb.”