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What Wild Bees Can Teach Us

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Wild bees are doing much better than their managed cousins.

Since honeybees are the original “hive mind,” what can we learn from these social insects?

Thomas Seeley is the Horace White Professor in Biology at Cornell University. He is based in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, where he teaches courses on animal behavior and does research on the behavior and social life of honey bees. He is the author of Honeybee Ecology (1985), The Wisdom of the Hive (1995), and Honeybee Democracy (2010).

His latest book is Following the Wild Bees: The Craft and Science of Bee Hunting (2017).

On Living Lab Radio, Dr. Seeley explains some of the factors that have allowed wild bees to do well in the same areas where managed bee hives are dying.