Moving home: nest-site selection in the Red Dwarf honeybee (Apis florea)

  title={Moving home: nest-site selection in the Red Dwarf honeybee (Apis florea)},
  author={James C Makinson and Benjamin P. Oldroyd and Timothy M. Schaerf and Wandee Wattanachaiyingcharoen and Madeleine Beekman},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
The Red Dwarf honeybee (Apis florea) is one of two basal species in the genus Apis. [] Key Method We analyzed a total of 1,459 waggle dances performed by 197 scouts in five separate swarms. Our results suggest that two fundamental aspects of the behavior of A. mellifera scouts—the process of dance decay and the process of repeated nest site evaluation—do not occur in A. florea. We also found that the piping signal used by A. mellifera scouts to signal that a quorum has been reached at the chosen site, is…
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