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 ... 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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