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Optimal timing of comb construction by honeybee (Apis mellifera) colonies: a dynamic programming model and experimental tests


Optimal timing of comb construction by honeybee (Apis mellifera) colonies: a dynamic programming model and experimental tests



Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 46(1): 30-42



ISSN/ISBN: 0340-5443

DOI: 10.1007/s002650050589

Honeybee colonies, like organisms, should exhibit optimal design in their temporal pattern of resource allocation to somatic structures. A vital colony structure is the comb which stores honey for overwinter survival. However, the timing of comb construction poses a dilemma to a colony attempting to maximize its honey reserves. On the one hand, plenty of empty comb is needed for efficient exploitation of temporally unpredictable flower blooms.

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