Harvard University Press announced the publication of “Entomology: A World of Insects,” a compendium of excerpts from some of the most well-known entomology books ever published by the Press.
Two commemorate the publication of this book a pair of entomologists discussed the nuances of communication and temperature regulation in honey bees at a presentation hosted recently by the Harvard Museum of Natural History.
Professor Naomi Pierce, Curator of Lepidoptera at Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology, moderated the event, telling the crowd of over 200 people packed into the Geology Lecture Hall that much of entomology’s value lies in detailed field work.
“What you find here are not just landmark stories describing animal behavior[...]what is clearly evident in this book is a rich collection of natural history, something not taught as much at Harvard in this genomic age,” Pierce said.
Pierce introduced the evening’s speakers, Cornell University neurobiology and behavior professor Thomas Seeley and University of Vermont biology professor Bernd Heinrich.
Heinrich, a dark horse winner of the Boston Marathon in 1980, is known for his studies of ravens, where he drives a truck with carrion in the trunk in order to study the communication methods of the ravens that follow him.
Seeley first discussed the behaviors of bees relating to honey production and hive organization.
He emphasized the view of bee colonies operating “like a factory” whose input is nectar and whose output is honey.“Different individuals [do] different jobs in the overall process,” said Seeley. “There is a division of labor.”
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