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By Jürgen Tautz

“Whereas bee colonies have been as soon as noticeable as excellent societies of selfless employees and drones governed via a queen, Tautz offers them as a self-organized, complicated adaptive process that he considers “a mammal in lots of bodies”. This entire creation to honeybee biology (originally released as Phänomen Honigbiene) explores such issues as how bees receive and converse information regarding plant life, “whole-animal gametes”, and the comb’s contributions to the sociophysiology of the colony. the writer has been commemorated for making study obtainable to the general public, and his lucid textual content will gift lay readers, apiarists, scholars, biologists alike. The e-book is profusely illustrated with Heilmann’s astounding pictures, which trap the entire variety of bee activities—including a few, comparable to the dwelling chains shaped the place combs are being outfitted or repaired, whose functionality continues to be unknown.” (SCIENCE, Vol. 322, 19 December 2008)

“With spectacularly appealing color pictures and a simple comprehensible textual content The Buzz approximately Bees tells the tale of honeybees in a brand new viewpoint. according to the newest info, significantly from his personal examine crew, Jürgen Tautz presents an excellent perception into the geographical regions of bees. not like the view of bee colonies as excellent societies of selfless participants governed by way of a queen, Tautz introduces them as a “superorganism”, a self organizing and complicated adaptive procedure in keeping with a community of verbal exchange; a desirable results of evolution – a mammal in different our bodies. the complete diversity of unbelievable bee actions is defined. awesome motion images by no means proven prior to current bees busy with telephone cleansing, taking care of the brood, serving within the queen’s court docket, traveling vegetation, receiving nectar, generating honey, comb construction, front guarding, heating and cooling. Spotlights comprise bees grooming, swarming, combating, telephoning, napping and speaking via high-toned beeping, scents and dances.”

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This kind of specialization then permits different problems to be solved simultaneously, rather than serially, which is the case with unicellular creatures. The moment specialists arose, such as the different cell types in multicellular organisms, so did the possibility of integrating their 31 32 1 The Inevitable Honeybees activities, opening radically new avenues for interaction with the environment. This was clearly a highly successful step, because multicellular organisms determine the present appearance of the living world.

Honeybees have found an ideal way for themselves in this difficult evolutionary landscape. They have achieved one advantage without losing the other, reproducing the entire colony by simple division (swarming), and simultaneously raising reproductive individuals whose generation time is synchronized with the cycle of this division. By retaining the reproductive individuals, they have safeguarded the option of genetic variability. 1). In contrast to other multicellular animals, they enclose these immortal germ cell lines in a likewise immortal superorganism, the colony.

Death and Immortality As humans, we are proud of the ancient establishment of our cities, marked by a history of thousands of years and 500-year anniversaries. Of course, the original houses and streets are no longer there, nor the same citizens, but at least the settlements and geographic locations that have been continuously occupied as units. Honeybee colonies are a continuous unity in the same sense. The eternal bee colony is made possible through an ongoing replacement of its members. Worker bees are replaced every 4 weeks to 12 months, depending on the season, and the queens every 3–5 years.

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