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Assignment 2 - Intro and Methods

Assignment 2 - Intro and Methods - Chris Stanton BIONB 221...

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Chris Stanton September 20, 2007 BIONB 221 Section: Th 10:10 Assignment 2 Introduction Honeybees, or Apis spp., are a species of insect that rely on a constant temperature within the hive to increase survival. Honeybees must maintain a certain temperature throughout the year and used a variety of methods to cool down the hive, including wing fanning, shielding, and the spreading of evaporative fluid (Heinrich 1980, 1985). The mechanism of wing fanning will be the primary basis of this study. To decrease the temperature of the hive, the bees will buzz their wings to spread air, cooling down the hive, with helps to keep the hive at a temperature that is efficient for brood rearing and tasks related to production of honey (Seeley 1985, 1995). Maintain this hive temperature is vital to the inner workings of the hive and helps to ensure the survival of the bees within both the honey and brood combs. There are many types of worker bees within the colony and usually only half are performing duties at a single time (Seeley 1995). It is hypothesized that the “unemployed” bees help protect the hive by absorbing heat and becoming heat shielders
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