Insect radar research

Insect radar research

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This image is part of the feature Tracking Insects by Radar

Credit: LOUISE MURRAY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Insect radar research. A portable radar tracking station featuring a scanning horizontal (also known as a harmonic) radar. This station is used to track the movement of low flying insects, such as honeybees and butterflies that have been tagged with a tiny transponder. The tracking station transmits a radar signal which is bounced back by the transponder at a different frequency and read by the station. This work has allowed researchers to understand orienteering, searching and foraging flights in bumble and honeybees. Photographed at the Rothamsted Research, UK.

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