The nest of the honey bee (Apis mellifera L.)

  title={The nest of the honey bee (Apis mellifera L.)},
  author={Thomas D Seeley and Roger A. Morse},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
SummaryThe natural honey bee nest was studied in detail to better understand the honey bee's natural living conditions. [] Key Method To describe the nest site we made external observations on 39 nests in hollow trees. We collected and dissected 21 of these tree nests to describe the nest architecture. No one tree genus strongly predominates among bee trees. Nest cavities are vertically elongate and approximately cylindrical. Most are 30 to 60 liters in volume and at the base of trees. Nest entrances tend to…
Use of Small-volume Nest Boxes by Apis mellifera L. (European Honey Bees) in Alabama
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Honey bee (Apis mellifera capensis/A. m. scutellata hybrid) nesting behavior in the Eastern Cape, South Africa
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Measurement of nest cavity volume by the honey bee (Apis mellifera)
  • T. Seeley
  • Biology
    Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
  • 2004
The hypothesis is presented that scouts measure the volumes of dimly illuminated cavities by integration information on the distances and directions of walking movements made inside the cavity.
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The neglected bee trees: European beech forests as a home for feral honey bee colonies
It is found that feral honey bee colonies regularly inhabit tree cavities in near-natural beech forests at densities of at least 0.11–0.14 colonies/km2, extrapolate that there are several thousand feral honeybee colonies in German woodlands.
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The habitat and nesting biology of the African honey beeApis mellifera scutellata in the Okavango River Delta, Botswana, Africa
The habitat and nesting biology were studied for naturally occurring colonies of the African honey bee,Apis mellifera scutellata, in the Okavango River Delta, Botswana to discuss as adaptations to the hot climate, long foraging season, and high predation rate experienced in the Delta.
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