Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Title: Collective decision making in the red dwarf honeybee Apis florea: do the bees simply follow the flowers?
Contributor(s): Makinson, J C (author); Schaerf, Timothy  (author)orcid ; Wagner, N (author); Oldroyd, B P (author); Beekman, M (author)
Publication Date: 2017
DOI: 10.1007/s00040-017-0577-4
Handle Link:
Abstract: Most studies on collective decision making in honeybees have been performed on the cavity-nesting Western honeybee, Apis mellifera. In more recent years, the open-nesting red dwarf honeybee Apis florea has been developed as a model organism of collective decision making in the context of nest-site selection. These studies have shown that the specifics of the species’ nest-site requirements affect collective decision making. In particular, when potential nesting sites are abundant, as is the case in A. florea, the process of collective decision making can be simplified. Here, we ask if A. florea simply follows the availability of floral resources in their environment when deciding on an area to move into. We determined the locations danced for by three colonies the day before, of and after reproductive swarming. Our results suggest that colonies of A. florea indeed track the availability of forage in their environment and that swarms move in the general direction of forage rather than towards a specific nest site.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Insectes Sociaux, 64(4), p. 557-566
Publisher: Springer
Place of Publication: Switzerland
ISSN: 1420-9098
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 010202 Biological Mathematics
060201 Behavioural Ecology
060801 Animal Behaviour
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 490102 Biological mathematics
310301 Behavioural ecology
310901 Animal behaviour
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 970101 Expanding Knowledge in the Mathematical Sciences
970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 280102 Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences
280118 Expanding knowledge in the mathematical sciences
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
Appears in Collections:Journal Article
School of Science and Technology

Files in This Item:
2 files
File Description SizeFormat 
Show full item record


checked on Sep 16, 2023

Page view(s)

checked on Oct 1, 2023


checked on Oct 1, 2023
Google Media

Google ScholarTM



Items in Research UNE are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.