Articles Tagged With: "bees"
The Chicago Sun-Times reported a 52-minute delay in the Houston Astros versus San Diego Padres baseball game when a swarm of bees took over part of left field at Petco Park - it took a beekeeper to sort it all out.
What do killer bees, locusts, field mice, mayflies, starlings, cicadas, cuban land crabs, driver ants, redflies, locust birds, silver carp and honey bees all have in common? The "Wisdom of Crowds" or in other words the ability to Swarm in huge groups.
It is a natural human trait to believe that we (the species) are the inventors of all clever things. Not so. One of the humbling things that biomimicry teaches us very quickly is that many times Mother Nature has beaten us to it! For example, take one of our proudest achievements: elections and democracy....
T-Enterprise have just released a new game viral to draw attention to the problems the bee population is facing with the varroa mite which unless something is done could wipe out the entire bee population within ten years.
Rory Cellan-Jones reports on Inscentinel, a young British company, which trains bees to detect explosives without harming them The bees are trained by rewarding them with sugar whenever they detect the target substance.
Sometimes the Bee-team is the A-team: the importance of an automatic team swarm response to threats and opportunities.
Much of the foundation of bioteaming is based on the organisation, communications and behavior of social insect societies. The BBC has a wonderful series Life in the Undergrowth narrated by David Attenborough with a whole programme dedicated to Supersocieties and Super-organisms.
Pattern recognition skills in bees are so advanced they can recognise human faces better than we can
How is it that even with our vastly superior intelligence nature's teams sometimes seem to work much better than ours - what do they know that we don't?