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Bee Swarms Follow High-speed 'Streaker' Bees to Find a New Nest

October 3, 2008

bee hive How does a swarm of bees find its way to a new nest site when less then 5 percent of the community knows the way? This is the question that puzzled scientists from Cornell University and the Ohio State University. Filming bee swarms as they relocated to a new nest site and analyzing the insects' apparently chaotic course, the team found that "streaker" bees fly through the swarm at high speed to guide it. Full Story

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