Honeybees have an interesting way of choosing a new home. Scout bees initially search the surrounding area and report back
to the swarm. Via a process known as waggle-dancing, they communicate location and quality to the hive, sometimes convincing other scouts to investigate their site. This "democratic" process continues until support for a certain choice is high enough, at which point the entire swarm flies there. I revisit a model for this process based on ideas from branching process theory. This is based on work done in my Ph.D. thesis in collaboration with Ed Waymire and others involved with the Ecosystem Informatics IGERT program.