Modeling seasonal changes and death rate of hive bee in honey bee colony

Document Type : Original Paper


1 Department of Applied Mathematics, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran.

2 Department of Applied Mathematics, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran


Honey bee is the insect that mainly pollens agricultural products. In recent decades, colony failure rates as a global concern have increased. Some mathematical models have been proposed. In one of the first models the impact of bee death rates on population dynamics was studied and then the food availability and the rate of broods added to the model. Here we improve the model by considering seasonal changes and death rate of hive bees. Our results show that death rates higher than 0.41 lead to colony collapse. At higher death rates, despite of colony failure, food stored in colony and this is instance of colony collapse. Additionally, the model predicts the minimum food needed for colony in various death rates.


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