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.