Many people think of bees simply as a summertime nuisance. But these small working insects actually make it possible for many of our favorite foods reach our table. Bees are dying from chemicals called neonicotinoids at a rate of 30 percent a year, but researcher Robert Wood from Harvard has developed Robobees, a robotic bee that can function, according to mother jones.com.
The Robobee is a vehicle capable of self-contained and self-directing its flight. RoboBees are divided into three main components the body, brain, and colony. The main part of the colony coordinates the behavior of multiple Robobees, explained wyss.harvard.edu.
Robobees do the same thing as original bees like sucking pollen out of flowers. RoboBees have a sack that carries the pollen after they drink from a flower. Three-quarters of the world’s flowering plants and about 35 percent of the world’s food crops depend on animals to pollinate, stated www.scientificamerican.com.
Unlike honey bees, RoboBees don’t die from pesticides. There are pesticides that are used to eliminated unwanted insects. Unfortunately honey bees are insects and affected by insecticides, according to caes2.caes.uga.edu.
Former US president, Barack Obama donated 15 billion dollars to help with the robobee project, creating a pollinator health task force, according to theplate.nationalgeographic.com
Robobees are controlled by a little remote inside their body, they are as big as a quarter and was less than a tenth of a gram. Robobees are also programmed to protect. For example, robobees could help get cameras inside a collapsed building. Finally, robobees are programmed to monitor or keep track of environmental conditions according to scholastic.com.
Robert Wood has to examine the pollen after the honey bees drink the CCD to make sure there are no causes of CCD. This disease could be toxic to humans, but with RoboBees they still have to check the honey for the poison, but most likely the robobees will drain the poison out themselves, according to the plate.nationalgeographic.com.
“Bees do have a smell, you know, and if they don’t they should, for their feet are dusted with spices from a million flowers.”― Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine