|Swarm of Honey Bees|
|Honey Worker Bees FEMALE!|
When the collective mind of the bees makes a decisions, they do what is best for the hive. Nobody is the leader, not even the Queen Bee. For the survival of the hive, if a Queen is sick, they will kill the Queen and start feeding royal jelly to the next bee they select to hatch and they will be a healthy community once again. If the hive gets too large, they will stop feeding the Queen Bee as she is too fat to fly if they don't. Once she gets fit because they start to chase her around, they fly off in a swarm to a branch on a tree while the scout bees fly off to find a new hive. They come back and do what is called a waggle dance in a figure eight. The direction of the middle of the eight tells the other bees and scout bees where the place may be that is a good place for the next hive.
By vibration only this is communicated from the waggle dance. Once the BORG-like mind decides ok, this is where we will go, all 15,000 bees fly with the Queen in the middle and start a new hive. The Six Million dollar question is HOW DO THEY KNOW HOW AND WHEN TO DO THIS???? If you can figure it out, then you win the Nobel Peace Prize.
We don't know but what we do know is that the more we find out about these amazing creatures and how much we have to thank them for our food, we realize how much more we don't know. They are docile bees. They live all year round unlike Yellow Jackets or Killer Bees (African) which live for one year and then bury a queen for the winter. She will lay her eggs in the Spring and start a new brood of bees unlike the Honey Bees which are self-staining and docile.
|Female Bald Eagle|
|Male Bald Eagle|