The Construction of Cells

  • H. R. Hepburn


The nests of honeybees are the result of numerous kinds of building operations performed by many individual bees; however, the details of various aspects have been very largely intractable for centuries. Nonetheless, we now have sufficient information, from observation and experiment, to provide a general view of comb-building. Meyer (1952) and Meyer and Ulrich (1952) published lucid and concise accounts of comb-building for which all constructions in the nest were divided into either major or minor building operations. There is one major construction: the gross building of combs in which the bees rear the young and store their food and upon which they conduct many of the chemical and physical communications that are necessary for the regulation of a honeybee society.


Brood Cell Cell Wall Thickness African Honeybee Brood Area Drone Cell 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • H. R. Hepburn
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PhysiologyUniversity of the WitwatersrandJohannesburgSouth Africa
  2. 2.Department of Zoology and EntomologyRhodes UniversityGrahamstownSouth Africa

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