These super small bee tracking devices help researchers looking into the issue of decreasing bee populations. Based in Wales, the Bangor University team are developing bee backpacks that the bees wear so their movements can be monitored. This will help scientists learn more about where bees collect nectar from and better understand why bee numbers are declining. A small drone also follows the tracking devices, which are powered by the electrical energy the bee itself produces.
The technology is funded as part of the Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarship Programme and with help from partner organization Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders Association. The bee tracking device follows other concepts aimed at avoiding Colony Collapse Disorder, including pollinating bee drones from the Warsaw University of Technology.