Nest site choice in social insects

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House-hunting is among the most challenging tasks faced by an insect society. Working under time pressure, the group must choose a site based on multiple criteria important to their future success. They must reach consensus on a single site and coordinate the colony’s move without benefit of well-informed leaders. Instead they rely on a network of individuals applying appropriate rules to limited information. Common features of these rules are quality-dependent information sharing to improve accuracy and “polling” of nestmates to coordinate decisions. These mechanisms provide insights into the general issue of how a colony acts as a collective intelligence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Animal Behavior
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9780128132517
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019


  • Algorithm
  • Apis mellifera
  • Collective decision-making
  • Comparative evaluation
  • Consensus
  • Emigration
  • Nest site selection
  • Quorum sensing
  • Rationality
  • Recruitment
  • Speed/accuracy tradeoff
  • Tandem run
  • Temnothorax
  • Transport
  • Waggle dance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • General Environmental Science


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