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Biology of the Honey Bee

ISBN-10: 0674074084

ISBN-13: 9780674074088

Edition: 1987

Authors: Mark L. Winston

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From ancient cave paintings of honey bee nests to modern science's richly diversified investigation of honey bee biology and its applications, the human imagination has long been captivated by the mysterious and highly sophisticated behavior of this paragon among insect societies. In the first broad treatment of honey bee biology to appear in decades, Mark Winston provides rare access to the world of this extraordinary insect. In a bright and engaging style Winston probes the dynamics of the honey bee's social organization. He recreates for us the complex infrastructure of the nest, describes the highly specialized behavior of workers, queens, and drones, and examines in detail the remarkable ability of the honey bee colony to regulate its functions according to events within and outside the nest. Winston integrates into his discussion the results of recent studies, bringing into sharp focus topics of current bee research. These include the exquisite architecture of the nest and its relation to bee physiology; the intricate division of labor and the relevance of a temporal caste structure to efficient functioning of the colony; and, finally, the life-death struggles of swarming, supersedure, and mating that mark the reproductive cycle of the honey bee. The Biology of the Honey Bee not only reviews the basic aspects of social behavior, ecology, anatomy, physiology, and genetics, it also summarizes major controversies in contemporary honey bee research, such as the importance of kin recognition in the evolution of social behavior and the role of the well-known dance language in honey bee communication. Thorough, well-illustrated, and lucidly written, this book will for many years be a valuable resource for scholars, students, and beekeepers alike.
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Book details

List price: $53.00
Copyright year: 1987
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 10/21/1987
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 294
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

Kenneth Brink is a Senior Scientist in the Department of Physical Oceanography at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. He is a world leader in coastal and shelf dynamics and the coupling between shelf and deep ocean circulation. He is past president of The Oceanography Society.Mark L. Winston is a Fellow in the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University.

Introduction
The Origins and Evolutionary History of Bees
Form and Function: Honey Bee Anatomy
Development and Nutrition
Nest Architecture
The Age-Related Activities of Worker Bees
Other Worker Activities
The Chemical World of Honey Bees
Communication and Orientation
The Collection of Food
Reproduction: Swarming and Supersedure
Drones, Queens, and Mating
The Biology of Temperate and Tropical Honey Bees
Reference
Author Index
Subject Index