Inside of tracking flight of honey bee

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Sometimes it’s really hard to make quality research special whit small animals like bees. But first question is why would you track honey bees?

Probably the main reason for that is decreasing population of honey bees every year. In research Pollination services in the UK scientist find out that in the past 25 years honey bee numbers in England have more than halved and this negative trend is still going on. This day we all know how important role is played bees as main pollinators for food plants, because of that scientist figured out how to track honey bee.

 How do you track a honey bee?

If you have proper equipment quite easily. First you have to put tiny antenna whit glue to the thorax on the bee. Whit special software and radar transmitter (a diode in the center of the antenna converts it into a unique signal that researchers can track) you can trace every move of honey bees. Because of the structure of bee glued antena dosent effect on flight

How to track honey bee

Radar glued on thorax of honey bee.

 

For better understanding how works tracing bee flight check video from BBC below:

Check also very interesting full video from BBC reporter Bill Turnbull -> What`s killing our bees.

Because of this amazing approach to research scientist figured out that bees infected whit neonicotinoids can lost themselves, they loose ability to navigate back to hive (example in picture below).

Bee tracking neonicotinoids

In a demonstration done by Professor Randolf Mendel, two bees were captured and fitted with tiny radio transmitters.

“Honey bees have an amazing ability to navigate,” says insect neurobiologist Prof Randolf Menzel, who is leading the research. “This kind of cognitive process requires the highest order of neural processing in this little brain. That means anything which is disturbing this fine network process should have a high impact.”

Maybe scientists can in future figured out a little more about secret bee live. Sometimes it`s to complicated even for experience beekeepers.

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Frenkie

The beekeeper since year 2000, lover of nature, healthy diet and technology. I`m also editor of the beeTIME.eu.

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