Using radio frequency identification and locomotor activity monitoring to assess sleep, locomotor, and foraging rhythmicity in bumblebees

Kiah Tasman*, Sean A Rands*, James J L Hodge*

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Abstract

Bumblebees are a key pollinator. Understanding the factors that influence the timing of sleep and foraging trips is important for efficient foraging and pollina- tion. Here, we illustrate how individual locomotor activity monitoring and colony- wide radio frequency identification tracking can be combined to analyze the effects of agrochemicals like neonicotinoids on locomotor and foraging rhyth- micity and sleep quantity/quality in bumblebees. We also highlight aspects of the design that can be adapted for other invertebrates or agrochemicals, allow- ing broader application of these techniques.
Original languageEnglish
Article number100598
Number of pages16
JournalSTAR Protocols
Volume2
Issue number2
Early online date11 Jun 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jun 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by BBSRC studentship BB/J014400/1 and Leverhulme project grant RPG-20160318 awarded to J.J.L.H.

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