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The buzz about bees : biology of a superorganism

Phänomen Honigbiene. English
Tautz, Jürgen Save to your list

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  • Creator Jürgen Tautz ; with photographs by Helga R. Heilmann ; translated by David C. Sandeman
  • Format Books
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  • Publication Berlin : Springer, [2008] ©2008
  • Physical Details
    • 284 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
  • ISBNs 9783540787273, 3540787275
  • OCLC ocn213855655


  • "With colour photographs and an easy understandable text The Buzz about Bees tells the story of honeybees in a new perspective. Based on the latest data, notably from his own research group, Jurgen Tautz provides a wonderful insight into the realms of bees." "In contrast to the view of bee colonies as perfect societies of selfless individuals ruled by a queen, Tautz introduces them as a "superorganism", a self organizing 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."--BOOK JACKET.


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-274) and index.


  • Prolog: The Bee Colony - a Mammal in Many Bodies -- Man's Smallest Domestic Animal - a Picture Guide -- 1. The Inevitable Honeybees -- 2. Propagated Immortality -- 3. Honeybees - a Model for Success -- 4. What Bees Know About Flowers -- 5. Honeybee Sex, and Virgin Brides -- 6. Royal Jelly - Designer Diet in Bee Colonies -- 7. The Largest Organ of the Bee Colony - Construction and Function of the Comb -- 8. Cultivated Intelligence -- 9. Is Honey Thicker than Blood: How Important Is the Family? -- 10. The Circle Closes -- Epilog: The Future for Bees and Mankind

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