2702Re: [beemonitoring] bees attracted to GPS receiver [1 Attachment]
- Apr 16, 2013On 4/16/13 3:41 PM, Rob Irwin wrote:
A survey crew in the Klamath mountains in California noticed a large
number of solitary bees landing on their GPS receiving antenna. See the
attached photograph. The bees arrived over the morning, landing on all
parts of the GPS, but not on other equipment. The GPS antenna does not
transmit signals but is an amplified receiver.
Has anyone noticed bees being attracted to electronics? Maybe they are
responding an electric field?
If you're genuinely curious, just plant one of those black pipes in the ground nearby, but do not mount an antenna on it. If similar number of bees land on it, then it is the pipe itself that is attracting them, perhaps as a substrate that elevates their body temperature.
-- Doug Yanega Dept. of Entomology Entomology Research Museum Univ. of California, Riverside, CA 92521-0314 skype: dyanega phone: (951) 827-4315 (disclaimer: opinions are mine, not UCR's) http://cache.ucr.edu/~heraty/yanega.html "There are some enterprises in which a careful disorderliness is the true method" - Herman Melville, Moby Dick, Chap. 82
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