Nest-site selection in honey bees: how well do swarms implement the "best-of-N" decision rule?

@article{Seeley2001NestsiteSI,
  title={Nest-site selection in honey bees: how well do swarms implement the "best-of-N" decision rule?},
  author={Thomas D Seeley and Susannah C. Buhrman},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={2001},
  volume={49},
  pages={416-427}
}
Abstract. This study views a honey bee swarm as a supraorganismal entity which has been shaped by natural selection to be skilled at choosing a future home site. Prior studies of this decision-making process indicate that swarms attempt to use the best-of-N decision rule: sample some number (N) of alternatives and then select the best one. We tested how well swarms implement this decision rule by presenting them with an array of five nest boxes, only one of which was a high-quality (desirable… CONTINUE READING

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