Bijou backpacks reveal habits of chilled-out bees

Researchers tracking bees in Australia have added an surprising skill to their résumés: bee barber.

A team from the Australian research agency CSIRO in Tasmania aims to track thousands of the insects by fitting them with tiny radio tags 2.5 millimetres square. The bees are first sedated by popping them briefly in the refrigerator, and the hairiest also have to be shaved before the tags will stick.

Once the bijou backpacks have been secured, the team are releasing the 5000 bees into the wild at a rate of 20 per day.

Read more on New Scientist

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