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A bee lands on a marigold. (JDBaskin/Flickr)
A bee lands on a marigold. (JDBaskin/Flickr)
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Thomas Seeley's "Following The Wild Bees." (Courtesy Princeton University Press)
Thomas Seeley's "Following The Wild Bees." (Courtesy Princeton University Press)

The practice of tracking bees to their hive, known as bee hunting, goes all the way back to Rome, 1000 AD. Surprisingly, the practice also has a long history in Massachusetts.

"Hunting," can be misleading, as most hunters don't harm the bees they catch. Instead, they release them to follow the bees back to their hive. Bee hunters take pleasure in the puzzle of finding a bee's home. We talk about how our own backyard has been home to some of the greatest hunts.

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Thomas D. Seeley, author of "Following The Wild Bees: The Craft and Science of Bee Hunting" and professor of biology at Cornell University, which tweets @Cornell.

This segment aired on August 1, 2016.

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