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The Buzz about Bees, Biology of a Superorganism

With Photographs by Helga R. Heilmann By Jurgen Tautz

With spectacularly beautiful colour photographs and an easy understandable text The Buzz about Bees tells the story of honey-bees in a new perspective. Based on the latest data, notably from his won research group, Jurgen Tautz provides a wonderful insight into the realms of bees.

In contrast to the view of the bee colonies as perfect societies of selfless individuals ruled by the queen, Tautz introduces them as a “super-organism”, a self organising and complex adaptive system based on a network of communication; a fascinating result of evolution – a mammal in several bodies.

The entire range of astonishing bee activities is described. Remarkable action photographs never shown before present bees busy with cell cleaning, caring for the brood, serving in the queen’s court, visiting flowers, receiving nectar, producing honey, comb building, entrance guarding, heating and cooling. Spotlights include bees grooming, swarming, fighting, telephoning, sleeping and communicating by high-toned beeping, scents and dances.

The Buzz about Bees, Biology of a Superorganism

With Photographs by Helga R. Heilmann

By Jurgen Tautz

Publisher

Springer

Year

2009

Edition

1st Edition

Binding

Hardback

Pagination

282

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