A honeybee hive is far more than just a buzz of activity. In fact, the social
organization inside a nest rivals that in the best-run corporations, with each
bee and each cell possessing a rigidly specific function. If you're unfamiliar
with them, some of those functions, such as the "waggle dance," might leave
you scratching your head in amazement at their sheer sophistication. Climb
inside a bee's nest by clicking on the thumbnail images at left, and get a
taste of the fascinating physical and social infrastructure of a hive.
Peter Tyson is Online Producer of NOVA.
Chief sourcesThe Wisdom of the Hive: The Social Physiology of Honey Bee Colonies, by Thomas D. Seeley (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1995).
Honeybee Ecology: A Study of Adaptation in Social Life, by Thomas D. Seeley (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1985).