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The Life & Times of a Bee

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Organized, adaptable, and communicative — honeybee colonies and what it means to come together to work for common good.

A single honeybee hive may contain between 20,000 to 60,000 bees. And only one of those bees is the queen. But don’t bee mistaken, bee colonies aren’t actually monarchies — rather, they are matriarchal.

This means that all female bees (worker bees), sometimes without the input of the queen bee, are involved in hive decision making — a skill bees may actually be better at than humans. Some of these decisions include who will be the queen’s successor and when and where to swarm (the process of leaving the hive to establish a new hive).

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