from NPR Morning Edition “Why Honey Bees Are Better Politicians Than Humans”

Robert Krulwich interviewed Thomas Seeley, author of Honeybee Democracy, this morning on Morning Edition.

Visit NPR’s site to listen in to the interview and also to enjoy some original bee-autiful (who could resist?!) and fun artwork by Adam Cole.

A quick excerpt from the web site:

In the spring, bee hives get so rich with honey, so crowded with baby bees, they often burst in two. Some bees stay in the original nest with a new queen, but a second group, led by the old queen, heads off to establish a new home. If there’s a cloud of bees hanging by a tree branch in your back yard, that’s them — the house hunters.

How do they choose a new home?

Ah, says Cornell professor Thomas Seeley, this is the beautiful part: The queen doesn’t say, “Here’s where we’re going!” She’s not in charge. The decision is made collectively, bottom-up, and it’s done by “voting.”

Bees are natural democrats.


  1. Doug471 says:


    Doug471 Here!

    If humans was more like bees then there would be less problems in the word.

    I agree Honey Bees are better politicians than humans, heck, all human politicians screw up every thing they get their hands on!

  2. Thomas Seeley takes the reader through the research process, discussing the findings of earlier scientists, the process of field research on bee swarms, and the understanding of what the resulting data means in the lives of the bees

  3. Honeybees are fascinating, beautiful creatures. This book sounds like a good read. If only we could actually apply what we learn from the good in nature to what is so corrupt in society – politics.

  4. Yes, bees probably make better politicians as humans are greedy by nature and our own even those who are placed in a position of responsibility tend to covet that position for their own personal gain