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Collective decision-making in honey bees: how colonies choose among nectar sources



Collective decision-making in honey bees: how colonies choose among nectar sources



Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 284: 277-290



When honey bee colonies were presented with 2 nectar sources they selectively exploited the most profitable source and rapidly shifted foraging efforts following changes in the nectar sources. As the profitability of a source increased, individual foragers increased their speed of foraging and danced in the hive more intensely. Foraging bees did not assess the profitability of a source by comparison with others, neither did the bees storing the nectar in the hive.

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