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Sensitivity encourages return to hive before storm: bees

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Pollination by a bee. / Louise Docke.. / LicenseCC-by - Attribution

Bees protect themselves from approaching storms by sensing electromagnetic waves.

BIOMIMICRY TAXONOMY
Summary
"Bees, for instance, are very responsive to electrical discharges in the air that occur just before a thunderstorm, ultimately causing lightning, which in turn generates electromagnetic waves. These waves stimulate bees to return swiftly to their hives and remain inside until the storm is over." (Shuker 2001:64)
About the inspiring organism
Hymenoptera
Hymenoptera

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Organism/taxonomy data provided by:
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist


Bioinspired products and application ideas

Application Ideas: Electromagnetic sensors to gauge the severity of approaching thunderstorms so rapid response teams can be deployed to likely lightening strike zones.

Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Fire protection, storm protection

References
Shuker, KPN. 2001. The Hidden Powers of Animals: Uncovering the Secrets of Nature. London: Marshall Editions Ltd. 240 p.
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