Ronald Ribbands uncovered this chemistry of coercion through the study of bees, summarizing his findings with the publication of The Behavior and Social Life of Honeybees in 1953. If you are looking for a good book to help improve your social life, this is not it. Six years later, Peter Karlson and Martin Luscher introduced the term “pheromone”, based on the Greek words meaning, “to transport and stimulate.” A solid understanding of pheromones is a prerequisite for combing through the hive and catching up on the latest buzz.
The majority of bee behavior is controlled by social pheromones, which stimulate them to transport and store food, fan their wings to control hive temperature, and communicate only with one another, excluding those from other hives. They will protect co-workers by stinging an intruder, sacrificing their own life for the benefit of the hive. They are a tightly bonded team, acting in unison such that the whole is not only greater than the sum of the parts – it is a completely distinct and different being.