A SIMPLE MATHEMATICAL MODEL OF BROOD PRODUCTION IN HONEYBEE COLONIES
C. M. ROWLAND AND A. R. McLELLAN
A simple mathematical model is presented that predicts brood numbers within a honeybee colony throughout the year. Brood numbers are derived from the rate of egg laying by the queen, which is described by two gradients, one modelling the increase, and the other the decrease in rate of laying. This model produces results that compare favourably with observational data, and with those from a previously published, but more complicated, mathematical model.