The ‘social mobility’ of worker bees


This won’t be any surprise to beekeepers or people who know anything about bees: About 20 percent of the worker bees do most of the foraging. And when these foraging bees need to be replaced, other workers step into those roles. This short video (1:32) from the New York Times makes that point and showsContinue reading “The ‘social mobility’ of worker bees”

Howard Kerr on bees: They are what they eat


You are what you eat; so are the bees. An egg gets hormone-rich royal jelly for about three days, but then the nurse bees most of the time stop feeding that. If a bee continues to get royal jelly, she could develop into a queen.