Sniffer honeybee detector

Sniffer honeybee detector

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Credit: LOUISE MURRAY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Sniffer honeybee detector. Person using a chemical vapour detector containing honeybees (Apis melifera). The live honeybees housed within the detector are trained to detect odours such as those from explosives, drugs, food and diseases through the breath or fluids of humans. The bees are trained to associate a certain smell with a sugarwater reward. When the bees detect a target odour they stick out their tongues probiscises). This alerts an optical sensor. Bees are only used for a few hours at a time and are returned to their hive safely after use. Photographed in 2010 at Inscentinel Ltd, UK.

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