ID used to save “waggle dance”

MSN reports on a fascinating use of tracking:

Bees are being fitted with tiny radio ID tags to monitor their movements as part of research into whether pesticides could be giving the insects brain disorders, scientists have revealed

The study is examining concerns that pesticides could be damaging bees’ abilities to gather food, navigate and even perform their famous “waggle dance” through which they tell other bees where nectar can be found.

I can't help wondering if wearing an antenna twice one's size might also throw off one's “waggle dance”? There is too the question of how this particular bee gets back into its hive to be tracked another day.  But I leave those questions to the researchers.


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Kim Cameron

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