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
Pages (from-to)1383-1388
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Issue number1498
Publication statusPublished - 2002


  • BEES
  • nest-site choice
  • social insects
  • collective decision-making
  • Apis mellifera
  • honeybees
  • ANT

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