The control of water collection in honey bee colonies

  title={The control of water collection in honey bee colonies},
  author={Susanne K{\"u}hnholz and Thomas D Seeley},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  • S. KühnholzT. Seeley
  • Published 11 December 1997
  • Environmental Science
  • Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
Abstract A honey bee (Apis mellifera) colony adaptively controls the collection of water by its foragers, increasing it when high temperatures necesssitate evaporative cooling inside the hive and decreasing it when the danger of overheating passes. This study analyzes the mechanisms controlling water collection once it has begun, that is, how a colony's water collectors know whether to continue or stop their activity. M. Lindauer suggested that water collectors acquire information about their… 

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