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Radio Frequency ID Tags on Honey Bees Reveal Hive Dynamics

Scientists attached radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags to hundreds of individual honey bees and tracked them for several weeks. The effort yielded two discoveries: Some foraging bees are much busier than others; and if those busy bees disappear, others will take their place.

The findings are reported in the journal Animal Behaviour, and featured in a New York Times ScienceTake video.

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