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First Radio Tracking Of Tropical Orchid Bees

May 27, 2010

Blue-green orchid bees zip through increasingly scarce patches of tropical forest pollinating rare flowers. For the first time, researchers at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute track unique signals from tiny transmitters glued to individual orchid bees, yielding new insight into the role of bees in tropical forest ecosystems. In this video, Martin Wikelski releases an orchid bee carrying a radio transmitter. Credit: Wikelski lab