Dear Dr. Meier,
Thanks for the suggestions. I have gotten a couple of replies back
with suggestions about how to record visitation to individual flowers
- if you are ever interested in doing that, you might want to contact
Bernard Vaissière, who is the research leader and a Crop Pollination
Ecologist at INRA in Avignon, France (vaissier@...
has a prototype system for filming bees on individual flowers which
sounds pretty nice - it apparently only records visits and the footage
is good enough that he can often get IDs down to species. He says his
current equipment is a little out of date, but he's working on an
I'll let you know if I find out anything else that sounds especially promising.
On Tue, Nov 11, 2008 at 9:47 AM, Retha Meier <rmeier2@...> wrote:
> Dear Carla,
> I would check with the National Geographic Photography Team and see what
> they would recommend. You could also check with a photography store. I
> have not used a video camera to record visitations, but have thought about
> it. If you find out any information, will you let me know?
> Retha Meier, Ph.D.
> Associate Professor
> Saint Louis University
> (314) 977-7111
> On Mon, Nov 10, 2008 at 9:03 PM, Carla Essenberg <cesse001@...>
>> Does anyone know of a video camera good enough to record visitation
>> rates of moderately small bees (i.e., halictids)? I would want to use
>> it on plants that are about 2 feet high and have flowers at variable
>> heights, and it would probably only be useful if I could observe an
>> area of 9 ft2 or larger. Being able to distinguish different taxa
>> (like bumblebees vs. honeybees vs. halictids vs. flies) would be nice
>> but not absolutely necessary. Of course, it would also be a plus if
>> it didn't cost a fortune.
>> I'll be grateful for any recommendations.
>> Carla Essenberg
>> Ph.D. student
>> University of California-Riverside