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Honeybee Democracy, T.Seeley, final chapters!

Hello hello! This week, I finish up my book review of 'Honeybee Democracy' by Thomas Seeley with chapter 10 and the epilogue. Chapter 10 is all about how we can apply the 'swarm smarts' of honeybee swarms to our human forms of governing and decision-making. The Epilogue is a succinct summary of everything covered in the book.  I hope you enjoy it! A few handy-dandy links: My website for a rundown of everything discussed, as well as photos from my homestead.  And the queen marking disc I mention.  Thanks for listening!

1hr 8mins

29 Apr 2021

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Honeybee Democracy, T.Seeley, Chpt 9

Hello hello! This week, we move on to Chapter 9 of Honeybee Democracy by Thomas Seeley. This chapter looks at how the decision making process of honey bee swarms is comparable to the decision making process of primate brains. Yes, really! Quick correction: at the end, I say my next episode will cover chapter 10 and the Prologue. I meant chapter 10 and the epilogue. Whoops!  Please see my website for a rundown of everything discussed today, including some handy-dandy graphics from the book, and pictures from around my homestead.  I hope you'll join me again in 2 weeks to finish the book! 

49mins

15 Apr 2021

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Honeybee Democracy, T.Seeley, Chpt 8

Hello hello! This week, I push on with my book review of Honeybee Democracy by Thomas Seeley, and cover Chapter 8. This chapter is all about the dynamics of swarm flight. How do the bees make their way to their chosen nest site? Which bees lead the way? How many bees of the 10k+ within a swarm have visited the nest before? These questions and more will be answered! Please see my website for a rundown of everything discussed as well as some useful graphics from the book.  I also recommend checking out this beautiful bee themed tarot deck and the supporting oracle deck. As well as the charity, The Bee Conservancy.  Thanks for listening, and stay safe out there!

57mins

1 Apr 2021

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Honeybee Democracy, T.Seeley, Chpt 7

Hello hello! This week, I am covering Chapter 7 of Honeybee Democracy, which is all about the swarm's final flight home. Have you ever wondered how a honeybee swarm manages to take flight all at once, as one great cloud of bees? What allows 10 thousand plus bees to take off as one cohesive unit? What signals to them to prepare for flight? You're about to find out! Please see my website for a rundown of everything discussed, as well as some nifty photos. And please check out Mid-Ohio Waterfowl Rescue; a wonderful organisation that saves domestic and wild waterfowl in Ohio, and who took in the two abandoned ducklings that I found by a canal last week.  Thanks for listening!

1hr 10mins

18 Mar 2021

Rank #4

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Honeybee Democracy, T.Seeley, Chpt 6

This week, I cover chapter 6 of Honeybee Democracy by Thomas Seeley. This chapter is all about how the scout bees of a swarm come to a consensus on their new nest site. We will learn about how nest site quality relates to waggle dance enthusiasm; how the discoverer scouts recruit other bees to support their site; and whether scout bees compare various nest sites to assess quality, or whether they have an innate knowledge of what makes a nest site good or bad.  Visit my website for a full rundown of everything discussed plus some nifty photos.  And if you're interested in helping the folks of Texas as they come through their recent freeze, you can donate via The Red Cross, or support a pet charity that is helping Texans and their pets during this difficult time.  Thanks for listening, and stay safe out there!

57mins

4 Mar 2021

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Honeybee Democracy, T.Seeley, Chpt 5

Hello from snowy Ohio! This episode, we are tackling Chapter 5 of Honeybee Democracy by Thomas Seeley. This chapter focuses on the studies Seeley created to ascertain what sort of nest cavity is considered acceptable but not ideal by honeybees, in an attempt to deepen his understanding of how scout bees make decisions when assessing nest site options. I also talk about a sick hen who is cozy and warm in the house during her treatment period, a naughty whippet who is eating gross things, the loss of some of my bee colonies, and the fun that is Chip Drop.  Head on over to my website for photos and a rundown of everything discussed in this episode. Stay warm and cozy out there! 

1hr 11mins

18 Feb 2021

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Honeybee Democracy, T.Seeley, Chpt 4

Hello hello! On to Chapter 4 of Honeybee Democracy by Thomas Seeley today. This chapter answers such questions as: how does a forager know when to start looking for potential nest sites? How is a nest site chosen if multiple options are found by scout bees? Is there a genetic component to which foragers become scouts when the need arises? Listen in and learn all about the fascinating dance-off of the scout bees! Learn more about Brood X cicadas, set to emerge this spring at this website. Check out the treats and layer feed available at Grubbly Farms. Or head on over to my website for all links, photos, and a run down of everything covered in this episode.  Thanks for listening!

1hr 3mins

4 Feb 2021

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Honeybee Democracy, T.Seeley, Chpt 3

Hello lovelies! The book review continues with Chapter 3: Dream Home for Honeybees.  Please see my website for diagrams, photos from the book, and a full rundown of all the information covered. CORRECTION CORNER: during the 'location, location, location' section of this episode/chapter, I realised too late that I had written down some dimensions incorrectly (and somehow missed them during my read-through). So here is the corrected information: To test entrance preference, if any, Seeley offered a swarm a pair of boxes; 1 box had a typical nest entrance area of 12.5 sq-cm/2.5 sq-in, and the other had an atypical entrance area of 75 sq-cm/25 sq-in. Sorry about that! Talk to y'all in 2 weeks where I will cover Chapter 4. Take care & stay safe!

1hr 11mins

21 Jan 2021

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Honeybee Democracy, T.Seeley, Chpt 2

Happy new year, my lovelies! I hope you had a safe and relaxing holiday away from the hustle and bustle.  This week, I continue with my review of 'Honeybee Democracy'. Chapter 2 covers information that is very familiar to many of us: the societal structure of the honeybee colony, how queen bees are reared, the process of swarming, etc. I hope it's not too dull for you to hear it all again but I'd like to think it never hurts to rehash this kind of information.  For some really wonderful diagrams from the book, please see my website. As always, I have provided a list of everything discussed today for those who want to refer back or who like to read along.  Thank you for listening! I wish you all a safe and prosperous 2021!

1hr 9mins

7 Jan 2021

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'Honeybee Democracy', T.Seeley, Chpt 1

Hello hello! This episode, I start reviewing 'Honeybee Democracy' by Thomas Seeley. This is a very popular book that was recommended by many so I hope you enjoy it! Please see my website for photos, diagrams, and a rundown of everything discussed. I start things off today with some fun facts about opossums! Then I cover the prologue and Chapter 1 of this fascinating book that investigates the collective intelligence and decision making process of a honeybee swarm. And, finally, I close the episode with some personal updates and well wishes for the new year. I hope you all have a safe and happy winter holiday! 

1hr 4mins

24 Dec 2020

Rank #10