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Bumblebee radar tagging

Bumblebee radar tagging

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LOUISE MURRAY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY LOUISE MURRAY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Bumblebee radar tagging. Worker bumblebee (Bombus terrestris audax) tagged with a radar transponder antenna. The tiny antenna glued on to the bee's back will allow its flight path to be tracked in real time. The antenna weighs 12mg and measures 2cm. It does not need a battery and works by reflecting a component (harmonic) of an incoming radar signal. A portable radar tracking station is used to both transmit the signal and gather the information sent back. Photographed at the Rothamsted Research, UK.

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