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JEFFREY AND KLEMENTE

AS YOU COMMAND MY
QUEEN.
HONEY BEES
A N D M AT H ?

• Some questions are

difficult to answer through
observation
• We can model these

systems and...
W H AT A B O U T
THE BEES?
• Honey Bees create hives of

hexagonal cells that are
filled with larvae, brood,
and pollen.
•...
W H AT D O W E
KNOW?
• Queen Bees deposit larvae

(brood) into cells.
• Worker Bees collect pollen

for food and nectar to...
HONEY
CELL

POLLEN
CELL
M A N Y FA C T O R S I N F L U E N C E R E S O U R C E
DISTRIBUTION WITHIN A HIVE
• Temperature
• Pollen availability
• Si...
THE COMPUTER MODEL
• 45 cells wide
• 75 cells tall
• 60 day period
• 12 hour day and night cycles
• Queen lays 42-84 eggs ...
THE COMPUTER MODEL CONTINUED

• Queen’s cell variation rate; cells per hour
• Preferential nectar consumption radius; cell...
THE MODEL CONTINUED

• Ratio of pollen collection to honey collection
• Ratio of pollen consumption to pollen collection
•...
W H AT D O E S T H E M O D E L T E L L
SCIENTISTS?

• Sensitivity
• Queen visitation rate
• Average honey per day
• Ratio ...
TURNS OUT
• If you bias the queens movement towards the center

of the hive, honey bees will maintain the patterning
seen ...
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  1. 1. JEFFREY AND KLEMENTE AS YOU COMMAND MY QUEEN.
  2. 2. HONEY BEES A N D M AT H ? • Some questions are difficult to answer through observation • We can model these systems and provide defined areas of focus for researchers
  3. 3. W H AT A B O U T THE BEES? • Honey Bees create hives of hexagonal cells that are filled with larvae, brood, and pollen. • We don’t know how Honey Bees maintain their hive structures or why some hives fail. • Models offer insight
  4. 4. W H AT D O W E KNOW? • Queen Bees deposit larvae (brood) into cells. • Worker Bees collect pollen for food and nectar to make honey. • Nurse Bees raise larvae with honey and pollen. • Thus brood need to be close to honey cells
  5. 5. HONEY CELL POLLEN CELL
  6. 6. M A N Y FA C T O R S I N F L U E N C E R E S O U R C E DISTRIBUTION WITHIN A HIVE • Temperature • Pollen availability • Size of hive • Amount of resources consumed • The number of eggs a queen lays an hour
  7. 7. THE COMPUTER MODEL • 45 cells wide • 75 cells tall • 60 day period • 12 hour day and night cycles • Queen lays 42-84 eggs an hour
  8. 8. THE COMPUTER MODEL CONTINUED • Queen’s cell variation rate; cells per hour • Preferential nectar consumption radius; cells • Average honey collection; loads per day
  9. 9. THE MODEL CONTINUED • Ratio of pollen collection to honey collection • Ratio of pollen consumption to pollen collection • Ration of honey consumption to honey collection • Temporal distribution of daily nectar and pollen collection
  10. 10. W H AT D O E S T H E M O D E L T E L L SCIENTISTS? • Sensitivity • Queen visitation rate • Average honey per day • Ratio of pollen collection to honey collection
  11. 11. TURNS OUT • If you bias the queens movement towards the center of the hive, honey bees will maintain the patterning seen in nature. • Bees do not need to know where everything is in the hive. • Focusing on a few factors is key to understanding how Honey Bee’s organize their hives.
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