The Secret Life of Bees | Science & Nature | Smithsonian Magazine

The Secret Life of Bees | Science & Nature | Smithsonian Magazine

Some more great stuff about bees.  This has become one of my favorite subjects.   Specifically how honeybees make a decision about new hive locations:

Groups work well, he argues, if the power of leaders is minimized. A group of people can propose many different ideas—the more the better, in fact. But those ideas will only lead to a good decision if listeners take the time to judge their merits for themselves, just as scouts go to check out potential homes for themselves.
Groups also do well if they’re flexible, ensuring that good ideas don’t lose out simply because they come late in the discussion. And rather than try to debate an issue until everyone in a group agrees, Seeley advises using a honeybee-style quorum. Otherwise the debate will drag on

 

The advantage of honey bees is that they share one goal – find a great home – no hidden agenda, no politics.

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