Honeybee Nests

Composition, Structure, Function

Authors: Hepburn, H.R., Pirk, C.W.W., Duangphakdee, O.

  • Includes recent findings in the fields of materials sciences, structural engineering, molecular biology, polymer chemistry, and biomimetics
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About this book

This work, a sequel to Honeybees and Wax published nearly 30 years ago, starts with a brief introduction and discussion of nesting sites, their spaces and densities, self-organization of nest contents, and interspecific utilization of beeswax. The following chapters cover communication by vibrations and scents and wax secretion, and discuss the queen in relation to the combs. Discussions on completed nests include the significance of brood, the roles of pollen and nectar flow, and comb-building, and are followed by a triad of related chapters on the construction of cells and combs and their energetic costs. An in-depth examination of the conversion of wax scales into combs, the material properties of scale and comb waxes, and the wax gland complex are presented. The next chapters are devoted to a comprehensive analysis of the literature on the chemistry and synthesis of beeswax, and, finally, the material properties of honeybee silk are highlighted.

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From the book reviews:

“It is a more compelling treatise about beeswax and nests built with it, including their significance within the lives of honeybees. … Each chapter contains up-to-date references for each topic covered. This highly comprehensive work offering a plethora of information on beeswax biology will appeal to researchers engaged in the field. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Graduate students, researchers/faculty, and professionals/practitioners.” (J. M. Gonzalez, Choice, Vol. 52 (4), December, 2014)


Table of contents (18 chapters)

  • General Introduction

    Hepburn, H. R. (et al.)

    Pages 1-16

  • Nesting: Sites, Space and Density in Comb-Building

    Hepburn, H.R. (et al.)

    Pages 17-39

  • Self-Organization of Nest Contents

    Hepburn, H. R. (et al.)

    Pages 41-55

  • Intraspecific and Interspecific Comb-Building

    Hepburn, H. R. (et al.)

    Pages 57-78

  • Communication by Vibrations and Scents in the Comb

    Hepburn, H. R. (et al.)

    Pages 79-103

Buy this book

eBook $159.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-642-54328-9
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $209.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-642-54327-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $209.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-662-52356-8
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Honeybee Nests
Book Subtitle
Composition, Structure, Function
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-54328-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-54328-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-54327-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-662-52356-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 389
Number of Illustrations and Tables
71 b/w illustrations, 100 illustrations in colour
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