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Honey Bee Colonies as Superorganisms

Time limit: 60 days

$30 Enroll

Full course description

Honey bee colonies are considered to be superorganisms, made of many individuals but often behaving and functioning like a single organism. In this short course, you will explore how honey bees work collectively to communicate, breathe, thermoregulate, stay healthy, collect food, and even reproduce at the colony level.

This short course includes the following lessons:

  1. Honey Bee Colonies as Superorganisms
  2. Honey Bee Communication
  3. Respiration and Thermoregulation
  4. The Endocrine System in Honey Bee Colonies
  5. Colony Immune System
  6. Food Collection, Processing, and Consumption
  7. Colony Level Reproduction

Important Information

  • Software requirements: For the best user experiece use Chrome when accessing this course. Some features in this course are not be compatible with other internet browsers. 
  • Lessons in this course overlap with lessons in the Master Beekeeper online course, part of the UF/IFAS Master Beekeeper Program.
  • bee-Learning Short Courses are completely self-paced, although must be completed within 60 days of registering.
  • You will receive a certificate of completion for this course via email after you have passed the final assessment and completed the course exit survey.
  • No refunds will be granted for this course after the course has been accessed.