Optimal timing of comb construction by honeybee (Apis mellifera) colonies: a dynamic programming model and experimental tests

@article{Pratt1999OptimalTO,
  title={Optimal timing of comb construction by honeybee (Apis mellifera) colonies: a dynamic programming model and experimental tests},
  author={Stephen C Pratt},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={1999},
  volume={46},
  pages={30-42}
}
Honeybee colonies, like organisms, should exhibit optimal design in their temporal pattern of resource allocation to somatic structures. A vital colony structure is the comb which stores honey for overwinter survival. However, the timing of comb construction poses a dilemma to a colony attempting to maximize its honey reserves. On the one hand, plenty of empty comb is needed for efficient exploitation of temporally unpredictable flower blooms. On the other hand, because comb is made from… CONTINUE READING
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