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Re: [beemonitoring] bees attracted to GPS receiver [1 Attachment]

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  • Rob Irwin
    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
    Message 1 of 4 , Apr 22, 2013
    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...

    Rob

    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?

    Rob Irwin


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