A model for intracolonial population dynamics of the honeybee in temperate zones

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Journal of Apicultural Research
Vol. 25 (1) pp. 9-21
Date
March 1986
Article Title

A model for intracolonial population dynamics of the honeybee in temperate zones

Author(s)

Stig W. Omholt

Abstract

A simple system of differential equations is presented to simulate the intracolonial population dynamics of non-swarming colonies of the honeybee (Apis mellifera) in temperate zones. The model generates colony growth patterns that are in agreement with empirical data. A new hypothesis based on the model is proposed to explain the occurrence of the brood-rearing peaks in non-swarming colonies. It focuses on the importance of the initiation of swarming behavioural patterns when the population density of workers exceeds a critical number. A sensitivity analysis of the model revealed considerable variation among the different parameters integrated in the model with regard to influence on colony dynamics. The information potential in a dynamic model of this kind is discussed.

Keywords

intracolonial population dynamics, honeybee, temperate zones,

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