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Volume 29, Number 1-2, 1998
Colony integration
Page(s) 67 - 80
Apidologie 29 (1998) 67-80
DOI: 10.1051/apido:19980104

Thoughts on information and integration in honey bee colonies

Thomas D. Seeley

Section of Neurobiology and Behavior, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

Abstract - Solving the puzzle of colony integration in honey bees requires understanding how a worker bee acquires the information that she needs to decide correctly, moment-by-moment, what task to perform and how to perform it. To help us understand how the bees inside a beehive acquire this information, I share some thoughts about information flow within honey bee colonies. These thoughts are based on recent findings about how a colony works as a unified whole in gathering its food. © Inra/DIB/AGIB/Elsevier, Paris

Key words: Apis mellifera / communication / honey bee / information / social behavior