It was about Beatle swarm logic.
Studying the swarms of teenage hippies back in the heyday.
Also, if beetles swarm anything like birds, I'd be interested in that. The fact that birds almost seem telepathic when hundreds of them take off at once and all go in the same direction is fascinating.
It has applications for microtechnology. Nanobots and the like. After having read bits and pieces of the raw data, Idunno, I'm not sure this was worth the grant money, but some scientist got funded and Mark got picked up as an intern to do the legwork. He learned a lot of valuable shit, so from our end at least, the whole project was totally worth it; plus, he's got major academic cred for the rest of schooling, so figure that's worth a dime or two.
Mdk is right, insects have shown to be extremely valuable for nanotech, as they also operate in a binary-esque manner. Think bee's for instance, they speak to each other solely through the opening and closing of their wings. That's some muthafucking 1001011001 if you get what i'm saying.