Deciding on a new home

How do honeybees agree?

N. F. Britton, N. R. Franks, Stephen Pratt, T. D. Seeley

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Abstract

A swarm of honeybees (Apis mellifera) is capable of selecting one nest-site when faced with a choice of several. We adapt classical mathematical models of disease, information and competing beliefs to such decision-making processes. We show that the collective decision may be arrived at without the necessity for any bee to make any comparison between sites.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1383-1388
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Volume269
Issue number1498
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 7 2002
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Apis mellifera
  • Collective decision-making
  • Honeybees
  • Nest-site choice
  • Social insects

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  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)

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Deciding on a new home : How do honeybees agree? / Britton, N. F.; Franks, N. R.; Pratt, Stephen; Seeley, T. D.

In: Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, Vol. 269, No. 1498, 07.07.2002, p. 1383-1388.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Britton, N. F. ; Franks, N. R. ; Pratt, Stephen ; Seeley, T. D. / Deciding on a new home : How do honeybees agree?. In: Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 2002 ; Vol. 269, No. 1498. pp. 1383-1388.
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