Honey Bees Repellent Device: Preliminary Experimental Research with the Bees Hearing Sensitivity

  • David Costa
  • João Paulo Teixeira
  • Vasco Cadavez
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 881)


Bees are insects that attack, to protect the hive, when they feel threatened. The main objective in this paper was to build an electronic device capable of repelling bees. Thus, a study of the hearing thresholds, of honey bees, has been developed to find out the frequencies range are most sensitive. This knowledge can be important to identify a frequency or a sound capable of repealing them. We also present an electronic circuit developed to build a repelling device able to reproduce a recorded sound or periodic sound. We report also a series of laboratory behaviour experiments, where honey bees (Apis mellifera spp.) had to make the choice between a box where a sound was being played or another box without sound. The experiments were conducted using the following sound frequencies: 100, 150, 200, 300, 400, 500 and 550 Hz; and also, with the sound of three natural predators: the drone, the swallow and the Asian wasp. The honey bees used in the experiments were previously conditioned to go to the box with sound that contained food in order to associate the sound to the presence of food.


Repellent device Pure tones Bees hearing Bees predators 



The authors would like to thank Prof. Miguel Vilas Boas, for his support and understanding of the honey bees’ comportment and behaviour in a natural environment, and the Escola Superior Agrária of the Instituto Politécnico de Bragança, for the support with the honey bees used in the experiments.

This work is supported by the Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT) under the project number UID/GES/4752/2016.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Costa
    • 1
  • João Paulo Teixeira
    • 1
    • 2
  • Vasco Cadavez
    • 3
  1. 1.CEDRI - Research Centre in Digitalization and Intelligent RoboticsInstituto Politécnico de Bragança (IPB)BragançaPortugal
  2. 2.UNIAG - Applied Management Research UnitInstituto Politécnico de Bragança (IPB)BragançaPortugal
  3. 3.CIMO Mountain Research Centre, School of AgricultureInstituto Politécnico de Bragança (IPB)BragançaPortugal

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