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A simple mathematical model of brood production in honey bee apis mellifera colonies

A simple mathematical model of brood production in honey bee apis mellifera colonies

Journal of Apicultural Research 21(3): 157-160

A simple mathematical model is presented that predicts brood numbers within a honeybee colony throughout the year. Brood numbers are derived from the rate of egg laying by the queen, which is described by 2 gradients, 1 modeling the increase, and the other the decrease in rate of laying. This model produces results that compare favorably with observational data, and with those from a previously published, but more complicated, mathematical model.

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