Well really I mean the ecology of a hive. You have 40,000 bees, eating 500g of food a day and 7,500 foragers collecting 1,500g of food a day during the summer. The bees have to expend so much food building the hive, raising the young, etc and build up stores for the winter. How do they balance all of this, control their population numbers over the course of the year. Are they weather or temperature or day length controlled or some other method? Those kind of basic questions about how a micro-ecosystem like a hive of bees might work.Can you define economy? PH
well, you've gone from asking for recommendations, to giving some, well done!!The Biology of the Honeybee by ML Winston and, if you really want technical, The wisdom of the hive: the social physiology of honey bee colonies
by Thomas D. Seeley; or indeed any of Seeley's work on bees.
No I posted the same question on another forum and this is the reply that I got there, so I posted it just in case someone else wanted the info.well, you've gone from asking for recommendations, to giving some, well done!!