Remote Sensing of Honey Bees

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About the Team

The RFID team is responsible for implementing the radio frequency identification system (RFID) to track and record bee flight patterns in and out of their hive. During the fall 2020 semester, the team tagged 15 bees in total and built a water-proof wooden box to hold the RFID system. The bees were first collected by using an Aspirator and then subduing the bees in the freezer for a few minutes. Once the bees were semi-paralyzed, the tags were attached to the thorax of the bee using Krazy glue and the bees were then set free. A sensor was placed at the entrance of the hive to identify and record the time a tagged bee entered or exited the hive.


The RFID equipment inside a waterproof box.

Emma with a bee on her finger!

The RFID gate/sensor at the entrance of the beehive.

Bees with the tags attached.

Using the Aspirator to collect the bees for tagging.

Hives located on the roof of the Kendeda Building.

The view of the roof of the Kendeda Building.