This Inverse article quotes University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Advanced Study Professor in Physics, Nigel Goldenfeld who collaborated with NSP faculty and alumni on the study, "Individual variations lead to universal and cross-species patterns of social behavior," published in PNAS, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. The Inverse article notes that bee colonies are not just mindless worker bees, but rather so much more. There is a larger "living society" that has a stronger individual will than what has been previously imagined.
Read the article: "A New Study Reveals Surprising Similarities Between Bees and Humans," in INVERSE
Read the study: "Individual variations lead to universal and cross-species patterns of social behavior," in PNAS