5,000 honeybees strap on tiny backpacks in the name of science
But how do you attach a sensor to a tiny honeybee?
It turns out that it’s not that complicated.
1. Refrigerate the bee.
"We take the bee into a cold place, usually to a fridge about 5 degrees Celsius (41 degrees F), for five minutes and that is enough to have the bees sleeping," de Souza told the Australian Broadcasting Company.
2. Shave the bee. (Yes, really.)
"Very young bees, they’re very hairy. At times we need to do something to help us," he said.
3. Use tweezers to glue the sensor to the bee’s back.
"It doesn’t disturb the way the bee will see or the way the bee will fly, they just work normally," he said.