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Art of Science Gallery 02

Bee to bee
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III

Image provided by Tim Gernat, Gene Robinson Lab

Research funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Christopher Foundation 

The resiliency of social networks is an important determinant of health and well-being in human society. Like humans, honey bees live in complex societies characterized by extensive communication, strong division of labor, and striking resiliency. The researchers who produced this image use tiny barcodes, machine vision, and computer models to identify and track individual honey bees (colored squares) and to monitor their social interactions (yellow lines). One focus of this project is to identify differences between bees that relate to societal resiliency.