The Science of the Swarm

Richard Rickitt

A to Bee
Professional, Bussiness-to-business, and charity organisations
Paid: Different fees according to venue and group. Charity and professional groups catered for.
12th March 2017
Engineering | Science And Nature | Architecture | Bees

Discover some of the extraorinary science behind the super organism of the honey bee colony.

This illustrated talk is aimed at groups with an interest in biology, physics, engineering, archeitecture and other disciplines. It can be tailored to suit your particular areas of interest.

Find out about the extraordinary synthesis of chemistry, engineering and archeitecture that is used to produce the wax honeycomb of a bees nest. Or how honeybees thermo-regulate their environment to keep it at the optimum temperature whatever the weather is doing outside (for example, did you know that bees discovered evaporative air-conditioning milions of years before humans did?). You can also hear how bees communicate in a range of different environments, navigate with extraordinary precision when flying to-and-from their hive, and much more besides.

This fun and fascinating presentation offers insights into one of the highest life forms on Earth, and is guaranteed to leave groups entertained, amazed and inspired.

About Richard Rickitt

After a London-based career in film and television, Richard Rickitt moved to Wiltshire where he took up beekeeping as a hobby - and became hooked!

He now runs a small beekeeping business that produces honey and honey related foods, as well as beeswax skincare products.

Richard also runs A to Bee, providing team-building expereinces in which groups of professionals get to meet the bees and discover what the superorganism of the beehive can teach us about leadership, communication, planning and other aspects of business organisation.

He teaches beekeeping courses and is the editor of the Honey Bee Times, the journal of Wilthire Beekeeper's Association.

He is Deputy Edior of Bee Craft, the national beekeeping magazine and the author of several books.

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