A new study reveals the flight patterns of bees.
The key to avoiding bees is to study their flight patterns. According to Discovery News, in a recent experiment researchers evaluated the flight patterns of bumblebees in a variety of different situations. Upon assessment, they realized that the main factor affecting the flight patterns of the insects is the weight they are carrying at that time. Generally speaking, the more weight a bee is carrying, the slower the bee will move. Conversely, a bee without much weight will fly much faster.
This is the first study to examine how the weight of nectar and pollen affect the patterns of flight in bumblebees. According to the study, these bees can carry more than 50 percent of their body mass in pollen and almost their entire body mass in nectar. The weight is distributed differently depending on which; nectar being stored in the abdomen, and pollen is attached to their legs.
During this experiment, 14 bees were placed in a wind tunnel with a robotic flower. The primary goal was to examine their flight performance under different wind and weight conditions.
During the experiment, the researchers measured the speed, acceleration and position of the bees. The researchers stated that the weight from pollen on their legs and nectar in their abdomens, the bees were much more stable in the turbulent windy conditions. In contrast, bees were able to maneuver more rapidly in a steady breeze.