Collective control of nest climate parameters in bumblebee colonies

  title={Collective control of nest climate parameters in bumblebee colonies},
  author={Anja Weidenm{\"u}ller and Christoph Johannes Kleineidam and J{\"u}rgen Tautz},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
We examined two aspects of the social control of nest climate in bumblebee colonies: which parameters of nest climate bumblebees actively down-regulate by fanning and the dynamics of the colony response as colony size increased. Colonies of Bombus terrestris were exposed to an increase in carbon dioxide, temperature or relative humidity. We performed 70 temperature trials (six colonies), 58 CO2 trials (four colonies) and four humidity trials (two colonies). An increase in CO2 concentration and… CONTINUE READING
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