Re: [beemonitoring] bees attracted to GPS receiver [1 Attachment]
- Attached is a pdf with better photos of these bees. Looks like Halictus sp.
Thanks so all the good comments. On the news that Bombus can use floral electric fields (http://www.sciencemag.org/content/340/6128/66 ), I couldnt help wondering if these bees were drawn to some non-visual EM field. As pointed out, an experiment would be needed to rule out this behavior being driven by scents, visual reflectance, warmth, etc...
On 4/16/2013 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?