Deciding on a new home: How do honeybees agree?

N. F. Britton, N. R. Franks, S. C. Pratt, T. D. Seeley

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A swarm of honeybees (Apis mellifera) is capable of selecting one nest-site when faced with a choice of several. We adapt classical mathematical models of disease, information and competing beliefs to such decision-making processes. We show that the collective decision may be arrived at without the necessity for any bee to make any comparison between sites.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1383-1388
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Issue number1498
StatePublished - Jul 7 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Apis mellifera
  • Collective decision-making
  • Honeybees
  • Nest-site choice
  • Social insects

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)


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