These Animal Species Have Their Own Democracies

Think humans invented voting to make group decisions? Think again. Democracies exist all over the animal kingdom. For example, red deer vote on when to move to a new stretch of grass. When the majority of the deer stand up, the entire herd then gets up and begins to move together. Honey bees have a voting system to determine where their next hive will be. When a hive gets overcrowded, swarms set out to find a new hive site. If the bees are especially excited about a new potential hive spot, they will perform a more enthusiastic waggle dance. Scientists have found that once a spot has 15 bees hovering above it, that's when the whole hive of bees will pick up and move the family to the newly agreed upon spot.

Written by Curiosity Staff June 24, 2016

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