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Bees Wearing Reflectors Help Scientists Track Insects' Training Flights

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February 4, 2000
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University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign
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Bees fly too far and too fast to watch with the naked eye, and they are too small to wear energy-emitting devices required for radio tracking. But a newly developed radar system, in which bees wear ultra-light reflectors, allowed researchers of the University of Illinois and the University of Greenwich and the Rothamsted Institute in the United Kingdom to track the bees.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Like aviators in training, honey bees preparing to forage learn their skills in a series of pre-flights to learn the landscape before undertaking new missions, scientists say.


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University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign. (2000, February 4). Bees Wearing Reflectors Help Scientists Track Insects' Training Flights. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 20, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/02/000204073319.htm
University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign. "Bees Wearing Reflectors Help Scientists Track Insects' Training Flights." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/02/000204073319.htm (accessed April 20, 2014).

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