The economics of honeybee swarming

Chung Cheng Lin*, Tze Wei Chen, Ching Chong Lai


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This paper uses the Anas [Regional Science and Urban Economics 22 (1992) 243] model to provide an economic explanation of the cause of honeybee swarming. We assume that a honeybee is rational in choosing to stay in the old hive or to leave to build a new one. Rationality here refers to a bee's behavior to maximize the food (honey) that it can share or contribute. We show that all bees will live together when the total number of bees is small. As soon as the total number of bees grows over a threshold, half of the population will immediately swarm to another hive. Contrary to the traditional wisdom that the queen bee leads the swarm, our model demonstrates that swarming may be a collective action of the rational choices of many selfish individual bees.

頁(從 - 到)581-594
期刊Regional Science and Urban Economics
出版狀態已發佈 - 2003 9月

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 經濟學與計量經濟學
  • 城市研究


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