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Thermoregulation Virtual Lab

Thermoregulation Virtual Lab

Author: Meg O'Mahony

By working through the virtual lab activity and actively recording and analyzing the data, you will be able to:

  1. Explain the anatomy of a countercurrent system.
  2. Explain the functional consequences of a countercurrent system.
  3. Explain how a vascular countercurrent system contributes to body core temperature.
  4. Describe the method of heat exchange utilized by the honeybee when core temperature is high; when core temperature is low.

This virtual lab explores the temperature control in honeybees through the process of countercurrent energy exchange.

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How Honeybees Keep Their Cool

This is the instructions and notes pages for the Virtual Lab.


Achievement of Thermal Stability by Varying Metabolic Heat Production in Flying Honeybees

This is the original paper by Jon F. Harrison, et al. (1996) that this lab is based on.


Source: Science, 4 oct 1996, 274: 88-90