n African Entomology - The Buzz about Bees : Biology of a Superorganism, Jürgen Tautz : book review

Volume 17, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1021-3589



The theme of this book is the concept of a honey bee colony as a superorganism in which the entire colony functions as one entity comprising many individuals. The author describes every known aspect of sociality in a honey bee colony, from communication through to longevity, as well as hive maintenance and the contribution of its physical structure, such as the comb, to the superorganism. The importance of the honey bee as a domestic animal is mentioned and the concept of the insect as a superorganism is discussed.

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