Robotic Bees Helping With Bee Extinction


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According to , there has been, “…a honey bee decline from about 6 million hives in 1947 to 2.4 million hives in 2008, a 60 percent reduction.” In the U.S. . A drone has been created that transports pollen between flowers, stated Mother Nature Network.

According to Mother Nature Network, these robots are only four centimeters wide and they only weigh half an ounce.

Robotic bees can also be used for search and rescue. For example, they can be used in events such as a natural disaster, military surveillance, traffic monitoring, weather and climate mapping, and hazardous environment exploration, according to Mother Nature Network.

Scientists have attached horse hairs coated to a special sticky gel on the bottom of the drone, according to LA Times.

Animal pollinators are needed for the reproduction of 90% of flowering plants and one third of human food crops,” stated the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Walmart may be getting involved with the drones. According to Mother Nature Network, “…some of Walmart’s drones help with cross-pollination by using cameras and sensors to identify pollen on one plant and carry it to another.”

Without bees, around 85% of Earth’s plant species would be in danger, according to LA Times. Quinn McFrederick, an entomologist at the University of California, Riverside said, “I would not like to live in a world where bees are replaced by plastic machines. Let’s focus on protecting the biodiversity we still have left.”