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The Art of the Bee: Shaping the Environment from Landscapes to Societies

Robert E. Page


The impact of bees on the world is immeasurable. Bees are responsible for the evolution of the vast array of brightly colored flowers and for engineering the niches of multitudes of plants, animals, and microbes. They’ve painted landscapes with flowers through their pollination activities and have evolved the most complex societies to aid their exploitation of the environment. The biology of the honey bee is one that reflects their role in transforming environments with their anatomical adaptations and a complex language that together function to exploit floral resources. A complex social syst ... More

Keywords: honey bee evolution, coevolution, adaptive radiation, niche, environmental engineering, social evolution, superorganism, social contract, social organization, reproductive competition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780197504147
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197504147.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert E. Page, author
Arizona State University