Consensus building during nest-site selection in honey bee swarms: the expiration of dissent

@article{Seeley2003ConsensusBD,
  title={Consensus building during nest-site selection in honey bee swarms: the expiration of dissent},
  author={Thomas D Seeley},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={2003},
  volume={53},
  pages={417-424}
}
This study addresses a question that lies at the heart of understanding how the scouts in a honey bee swarm achieve unanimity in their dances, and so reach agreement in their choice of a future nest site: what causes the scouts that perform dances for the non-chosen sites to stop dancing for these sites? One possibility is that a scout stops dancing for a non-chosen site only after she follows a lively dance for another site, such as the site that is ultimately chosen. This hypothesis is… CONTINUE READING

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