Quotes with bees
The downside of this communal wisdom is that you don't have to kill bees to destroy a colony. Anything that affects bees’ memory, learning, senses, appetite, digestion, instincts, or life span can be enough to throw those feedback loops off course. Skew enough of them, and the beautiful mathematics of the hive break down.
Fruitless Fall: The Collapse of the Honey Bee and the Coming Agricultural Crisis (2008)
Honey-Bees can flourish only when associated in large numbers, as in a colony. In a solitary state, a single bee is almost as helpless as a new-born child, being paralyzed by the chill of a cool Summer night.
A Practical Treatise on the Hive and Honey-bee (1857)