Nest Structure: Honey Bees
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The structure of honey bee nests inspires wonder at multiple levels, from the perfection of the stacked hexagons to the organization of the nest contents by the unsupervised collective. The greater part of research into honey bee nest structure has focused on the cavity-nesting western honey bee, Apis mellifera, but nests of other honey bee species are equally impressive. Only by comparing across species can one reach broader conclusions about how nest structure and nest organization contribute to the function of the superorganism.
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