Science: Town Meeting of the Bees

When a swarm of bees separates from an established colony, it does not go at once to a new home. Most swarms settle on a bush or tree, and form themselves into buzzing balls with the queen in the center. After hours or days of debating, the swarm makes up its collective mind and flies to a suitable cranny.

In Nature, Dr. M. Lindauer of the University of Munich tells how bees reach their decision. Prosperous colonies send out swarms when nectar is plentiful and storage cells are full of honey. A few days before...

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