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dc.contributor.authorDiwold, Konraden
dc.contributor.authorSchaerf, Timothyen
dc.contributor.authorMyerscough, Mary Ren
dc.contributor.authorMiddendorf, Martinen
dc.contributor.authorBeekman, Madeleineen
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-17T14:08:00Z
dc.date.issued2011en
dc.identifier.citationSwarm Intelligence, 5(2), p. 121-141en
dc.identifier.issn1935-9320en
dc.identifier.issn1935-3812en
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/18273en
dc.description.abstractDuring reproductive swarming and seasonal migration, a honeybee swarm needs to locate and move to a new, suitable nest site. While the nest-site selection process in cavity-nesting species such as the European honeybee 'Apis mellifera' is very precise with the swarm carefully selecting a single site, open-nesting species, such as 'Apis florea', lack such precision. These differences in precision in the nest-site selection process are thought to arise from the differing nest-site requirements of open- and cavity-nesting species. While 'A. florea' can nest on almost any tree, 'A. mellifera' is constrained by the scarcity of suitable nest sites. Here we show that imprecision in the nest-site selection process allows swarms to quickly reach a decision when many nest sites are available. In contrast, a very precise nestsite selection process slows down the decision-making process when nest sites are abundant. Nest-site selection in 'A. florea' appears to be more similar to search-space sampling than to a decision-making process. Bees appear to scout the environment for general areas in which potential nest sites are abundant. Bees involved in searching the environment for suitable nest sites are also involved in guiding the swarm once the decision to depart has been made. Generally 'A. florea' swarms exhibit a lack of consensus in the direction indicated by dancers prior to take-off. Because of this lack of consensus a swarm of 'A. florea' will need to determine its exact direction of travel while in flight. We show that in the absence of directional consensus a swarm of bees can still be guided towards an area containing suitable nest sites provided directional dissent is not too great and nest sites are abundant. However, if the swarm needs to move to a very specific location (a single point in space), directional dissent should be avoided, resulting in a more lengthy decision-making process prior to departure. We further show that the guidance mechanism of bee swarms, so-called 'streaking', functions both when directional dissent is present and when it is absent, making it a more general mechanism of group movement than previously thought.en
dc.languageenen
dc.publisherSpringer New York LLCen
dc.relation.ispartofSwarm Intelligenceen
dc.titleDeciding on the wing: in-flight decision making and search space sampling in the red dwarf honeybee 'Apis florea'en
dc.typeJournal Articleen
dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s11721-011-0054-zen
dc.subject.keywordsBiological Mathematicsen
dc.subject.keywordsBehavioural Ecologyen
dc.subject.keywordsAnimal Behaviouren
local.contributor.firstnameKonraden
local.contributor.firstnameTimothyen
local.contributor.firstnameMary Ren
local.contributor.firstnameMartinen
local.contributor.firstnameMadeleineen
local.subject.for2008060801 Animal Behaviouren
local.subject.for2008010202 Biological Mathematicsen
local.subject.for2008060201 Behavioural Ecologyen
local.subject.seo2008970101 Expanding Knowledge in the Mathematical Sciencesen
local.subject.seo2008970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciencesen
local.profile.schoolSchool of Science and Technologyen
local.profile.emailtschaerf@une.edu.auen
local.output.categoryC1en
local.record.placeauen
local.record.institutionUniversity of New Englanden
local.identifier.epublicationsrecordune-20151208-150457en
local.publisher.placeNew York, United States of Americaen
local.format.startpage121en
local.format.endpage141en
local.peerreviewedYesen
local.identifier.volume5en
local.identifier.issue2en
local.title.subtitlein-flight decision making and search space sampling in the red dwarf honeybee 'Apis florea'en
local.contributor.lastnameDiwolden
local.contributor.lastnameSchaerfen
local.contributor.lastnameMyerscoughen
local.contributor.lastnameMiddendorfen
local.contributor.lastnameBeekmanen
dc.identifier.staffune-id:tschaerfen
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local.identifier.unepublicationidune:18478en
dc.identifier.academiclevelAcademicen
local.title.maintitleDeciding on the wingen
local.output.categorydescriptionC1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journalen
local.relation.grantdescriptionARC/DP0984731en
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