In contrast to the view of bee colonies as perfect societies of selfless individuals ruled by a queen tautz introduces them as a superorganism a self organizing and complex adaptive system based on a network of communication a fascinating result of evolution a mammal in several bodies. The buzz about bees the biology of a superorganism by jurgen tautz this is a quite an extraordinary book in so many ways it is one of the best produced books that i have read for a long time the book is jammed packed full of facts about the individual actions of the honey bee and the combined activities of the honey bee colony it is an outstanding book that all should make the effort to read stephen palmer british beekeepers association news december 2010. In a way the queen can be considered the egg of a hive animal drones as sperm the comb as an insulating body and protective home and the workers as organs the bees work in a decentralized adaptive cooperative way with a variety of different jobs being done by groups of workers every section was. The buzz about bees biology of a superorganism jurgen tautz auth whereas bee colonies were once seen as perfect societies of selfless workers and drones ruled by a queen tautz presents them as a self organized complex adaptive system that he considers a mammal in many bodies
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