An innovative height adjustable contraption designed to sample bees from forested areas of lateritic tracts of Midnapore, West Bengal, India. – JBES

beesManjishtha Bhattacharyya, Manoj Kr. Bhattacharyya and Susanta Kumar Chakraborty

Department of Zoology, Vidyasagar University, Midnapore 721102, West Bengal, India

RuTag (Eastern India), I.I.T., Kharagpur 721302, West Bengal, India

Key words: Adjustable bee trapping devise, bees in Sal forest.


Sampling bees in forested areas from floral assemblages at different heights above ground possess serious problems to bee researchers. Active netting is not possible at that height. Passive trapping using food baits and water, although more promising, yield low catch-rates due to their restrictive placement. Working Bees On HoneycellsA unique adjustable contraption, an adaptation and modification of existing designs, has been devised to trap bees by placing the same in the flight-path of the bees. Four month long sampling from deciduous forests of lateritic tracts of West Midnapore district of West Bengal, India, shows significant success in trapping pollinator bees at canopy height using this device, with minimum effort and trouble on part of the sampler, thereby increasing sampling efficiency and reducing sampler bias.

jbes-vol4no5-p258-265Get the original articles in Source: Volume 4, Number 5, May 2014 – JBES

Journal Name: Journal of Biodiversity and Environmental Sciences (JBES)

Published By: International Network for Natural Sciences

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