YBKA Event- Tom Seeley – How a honeybee swarm moves to its chosen home.
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Tuesday 5th Oct. Tom Seeley – How a honeybee swarm moves to its chosen home.
We will look at the mystery of how a swarm of bees steers itself to its new home, something that at first glance seems a mind-boggling puzzle. Somehow, a school bus-sized cloud of some ten thousand flying insects manages to sweep straight from bivouac site to new dwelling place. In the past few years, with the introduction of digital video technology, it has become possible to perform the sophisticated data collection and image processing needed to track individual bees in a flying swarm and thus unravel the mechanisms of flight guidance in swarms.
Tom Seeley is the Horace White Professor in Biology in the Department of Neurobiology and Behaviour at Cornell University. He is the author of several books on honeybee behaviour, including Honeybee Democracy and The Wisdom of the Hive