Honeybee Nests

Composition, Structure, Function

  • H.R. Hepburn
  • C.W.W. Pirk
  • O. Duangphakdee

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. H. R. Hepburn, C. W. W. Pirk, O. Duangphakdee
    Pages 1-16
  3. H.R. Hepburn, C.W.W. Pirk, O. Duangphakdee
    Pages 17-39
  4. H. R. Hepburn, C. W. W. Pirk, O. Duangphakdee
    Pages 41-55
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    Pages 57-78
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    Pages 79-103
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    Pages 105-130
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    Pages 131-143
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    Pages 145-173
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    Pages 175-206
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    Pages 207-221
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    Pages 223-236
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    Pages 237-258
  14. H.R. Hepburn, C.W.W Pirk, O. Duangphakdee
    Pages 259-272
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    Pages 273-299
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    Pages 301-318
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    Pages 319-339
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    Pages 341-365
  19. H. R. Hepburn, C. W. W. Pirk, O. Duangphakdee
    Pages 367-382
  20. Back Matter
    Pages 383-389

About this book

Introduction

This work, a sequel to Honeybees and Wax published nearly 30 years ago, starts with a brief introduction and discussion of nesting sites, their spaces and densities, self-organization of nest contents, and interspecific utilization of beeswax. The following chapters cover communication by vibrations and scents and wax secretion, and discuss the queen in relation to the combs. Discussions on completed nests include the significance of brood, the roles of pollen and nectar flow, and comb-building, and are followed by a triad of related chapters on the construction of cells and combs and their energetic costs. An in-depth examination of the conversion of wax scales into combs, the material properties of scale and comb waxes, and the wax gland complex are presented. The next chapters are devoted to a comprehensive analysis of the literature on the chemistry and synthesis of beeswax, and, finally, the material properties of honeybee silk are highlighted.

Keywords

Beeswax Biomimetics Brood Comb Comb waxes Comb-building Honeybee nests Honeybee silk Honeybees Materials sciences Nectar flow Nesting sites Pollen Wax gland complex

Authors and affiliations

  • H.R. Hepburn
    • 1
  • C.W.W. Pirk
    • 2
  • O. Duangphakdee
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Zoology and EntomologyRhodes UniversityGrahamstownSouth Africa
  2. 2.Department of Zoology and Entomology Social Insect Research GroupUniversity of PretoriaPretoriaSouth Africa
  3. 3.Faculty of EnginneringKing Mongkut’s University of Technology ThonburiBangkokThailand

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-54328-9
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-54327-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-54328-9
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