Quorum sensing during nest-site selection by honeybee swarms

@article{Seeley2004QuorumSD,
  title={Quorum sensing during nest-site selection by honeybee swarms},
  author={Thomas D Seeley and P. Kirk Visscher},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={2004},
  volume={56},
  pages={594-601}
}
This study addresses a question about the nest-site selection process of honeybee swarms: how do the scout bees know when to initiate the preparation for their swarm’s move to their new home? We tested the quorum-sensing hypothesis: that the scouts do this by noting when one of the potential nest sites under consideration is being visited by a sufficiently large number of scouts. A falsifiable prediction of this hypothesis is that delaying the formation of a quorum of scout bees at a swarm’s… 

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