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According to Thomas Seeley, in his book, Honeybee Democracy, he gives the following as important criteria for honeybees when selecting a nest site when a bee colony moves to swarm: Larger volume (the minimum nesting capacity was found to be around 14 liters with more preference to nests with a capacity of approximately 30 to less than 100 liters) ...


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I assume you're talking about keeping honeybees apis mellifera , not other species. Beekeepers often move there hives around to follow nectar availability, so I assume nectar availabilty is considered the most important factor. In my country the first to flower is willow salix. After that they move to cherry&plum tree plantations and after that to ...


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My intuition would be that this has to do with the neuroscience of social behavior. Many animals, especially those that live and travel in groups (eg. humans), have a great deal of brain "wiring" dedicated to engaging in social behavior with other members of their group. This is an advantage from an evolutionary perspective, since it helps with ...



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