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Honeybees cluster together when it’s cold – but we’ve been completely wrong about why

By Derek Mitchell, PhD Candidate in Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds
Honeybees in man-made hives may have been suffering the cold unnecessarily for over a century because commercial hive designs are based on erroneous science, my new research shows.

For 119 years, a belief that the way honeybees cluster together gives them a kind of evolutionary insulation has been fundamental for beekeeping practice, hive design and honeybee study. More recently,…The Conversation

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