Nest site selection by the honey bee,Apis mellifera

  title={Nest site selection by the honey bee,Apis mellifera},
  author={Thomas D Seeley and Roger A. Morse},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
Summary1.Honey bees exhibit preferences in several nest site properties. The following preferences were identified («>» means «preferred to»): nest height, 5>1 m; entrance area, 12.5>75 cm2; entrance position, bottom >top of nest cavity, entrance direction, southward>northward; nest cavity volume, 10<40>100 liters.2.The data also suggest preferences exist for previously inhabited nest cavities and for nest sites beyond 300 m from the parent colony.3.Nest sites with high exposure and visibility… 
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