Timekeeping in the honey bee colony: integration of circadian rhythms and division of labor

  title={Timekeeping in the honey bee colony: integration of circadian rhythms and division of labor},
  author={Darrell J. Moore and Jennifer E. Angel and Iain M Cheeseman and Susan E Fahrbach and Gene E. Robinson},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
The daily patterns of task performance in honey bee colonies during behavioral development were studied to determine the role of circadian rhythmicity in age-related division of labor. Although it is well known that foragers exhibit robust circadian patterns of activity in both field and laboratory settings, we report that many in-hive tasks are not allocated according to a daily rhythm but rather are performed 24 h per day. Around-the-clock activity at the colony level is accomplished through… CONTINUE READING
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