Vasculature of the Hive: heat dissipation in the honey bee (Apis mellifera) hive.

Bonoan, Rachael E.
Goldman, Rhyan R.
Wong, Peter Y.
Philip T. Starks

Eusocial insects are distinguished by their elaborate cooperative behaviors and are sometimes defined as superorganisms. As a nest-bound superorganism, individuals work together to maintain favorable nest conditions. Residing in temperate environments, honey bees (Apis mellifera) work especially hard to maintain brood comb temperature between 32°C and 36°C. Heat shielding is a social homeostatic m... read more

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Bonoan, R. E., Goldman, R. R., Wong, P. Y., & Starks, P. T. (2014). Vasculature of the hive: heat dissipation in the honey bee (Apis mellifera) hive. Naturwissenschaften, 101(6), 459-465. doi:10.1007/s00114-014-1174-2
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