Abstract. Animals in complex societies are some of the most ubiquitous organisms on the planet. The main reason for this success is their ability to work together. In these groups, individuals must be able to effectively sense their external environment, communicate that information to others, and coordinate a response. Honey bees are social insects that organize to perform complex critical tasks that keep the colony alive. I will discuss two tasks that are necessary for colony survival: thermoregulation and foraging. These behaviors are performed by small groups and regulated by individual internal physiological states, social environment, and other external environmental factors. Exploring the mechanisms of how these dynamics shape group behaviors can help us understand how societies in general are organized, and how these social animals have become so evolutionarily successful.
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