An international group of scientists, beekeepers, farmers and technology companies is using cutting-edge technology to help find out why honey bee populations around the world are crashing.
Minuscule sensors have been glued to the backs of 10,000 healthy honey bees around the world to help understand why huge numbers of bees are dying.
Like electronic tags that track the movement of cars through toll roads, these tiny trackers send information back to receivers half the size of a credit card that are strategically placed at bee hives.
Australian researchers involved in the global research project compare the sensor to an adult carrying a backpack, weighing about a third of what a honey bee can carry.
The tiny sensors they have developed weigh just 5.4 milligrams. They contain a battery that generates energy by vibration, and record a bee's time away from the hive and the distance each bee travels.
Each sensor will record a bee's exposure to pesticides, air pollution and water contamination, as well as taking note of the insect's diet and the weather.
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The "Caucasian Bee Sculpture," which was made from a 460-year-old pine tree by Yüzel Üzeyir, has been flocked to by bees, and has provided five kilograms of honey. The honey will be sold through an auction.
Residing in Doyumlu Village in Turkey, 45 kilometers from the province of Kars, Üzeyir made a sculpture from a 460-year-old pine tree and named it the "Caucasian Bee Sculpture." The sculpture features a hand holding a flower at the bottom, an endemic plant at the top and a queen bee in the middle.
Üzeyir used iron to build the main frame of the sculpture and the daisy on which the wooden queen bee nests. Two colonies of Caucasian bees settled inside the wooden queen bee sculpture and managed to produce five kilograms of honey.