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Title: Method and device for identifying different species of honeybees

Abstract

A method and device have been provided for distinguishing Africanized honeybees from European honeybees. The method is based on the discovery of a distinct difference in the acoustical signatures of these two species of honeybees in flight. The European honeybee signature has a fundamental power peak in the 210 to 240 Hz range while the Africanized honeybee signature has a fundamental power peak in the 260 to 290 Hz range. The acoustic signal produced by honeybees is analyzed by means of a detecting device to quickly determine the honeybee species through the detection of the presence of frequencies in one of these distinct ranges. The device includes a microphone for acoustical signal detection which feeds the detected signal into a frequency analyzer which is designed to detect the presence of either of the known fundamental wingbeat frequencies unique to the acoustical signatures of these species as an indication of the identity of the species and indicate the species identity on a readout device.

Inventors:
 [1];  [2];  [3]
  1. Maryville, TN
  2. Lenoir City, TN
  3. Knoxville, TN
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
867156
Patent Number(s):
4876721
Assignee:
Martin Marietta Energy Systems, Inc. (Oak Ridge, TN)
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
A - HUMAN NECESSITIES A01 - AGRICULTURE A01K - ANIMAL HUSBANDRY
G - PHYSICS G01 - MEASURING G01R - MEASURING ELECTRIC VARIABLES
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
method; device; identifying; species; honeybees; provided; distinguishing; africanized; european; based; discovery; distinct; difference; acoustical; signatures; flight; honeybee; signature; fundamental; power; peak; 210; 240; hz; range; 260; 290; acoustic; signal; produced; analyzed; means; detecting; quickly; determine; detection; presence; frequencies; ranges; microphone; feeds; detected; frequency; analyzer; designed; detect; wingbeat; unique; indication; identity; indicate; readout; detected signal; signal produced; acoustic signal; readout device; detecting device; hz range; quickly determine; distinct ranges; /381/

Citation Formats

Kerr, Howard T, Buchanan, Michael E, and Valentine, Kenneth H. Method and device for identifying different species of honeybees. United States: N. p., 1989. Web.
Kerr, Howard T, Buchanan, Michael E, & Valentine, Kenneth H. Method and device for identifying different species of honeybees. United States.
Kerr, Howard T, Buchanan, Michael E, and Valentine, Kenneth H. Sun . "Method and device for identifying different species of honeybees". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/867156.
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title = {Method and device for identifying different species of honeybees},
author = {Kerr, Howard T and Buchanan, Michael E and Valentine, Kenneth H},
abstractNote = {A method and device have been provided for distinguishing Africanized honeybees from European honeybees. The method is based on the discovery of a distinct difference in the acoustical signatures of these two species of honeybees in flight. The European honeybee signature has a fundamental power peak in the 210 to 240 Hz range while the Africanized honeybee signature has a fundamental power peak in the 260 to 290 Hz range. The acoustic signal produced by honeybees is analyzed by means of a detecting device to quickly determine the honeybee species through the detection of the presence of frequencies in one of these distinct ranges. The device includes a microphone for acoustical signal detection which feeds the detected signal into a frequency analyzer which is designed to detect the presence of either of the known fundamental wingbeat frequencies unique to the acoustical signatures of these species as an indication of the identity of the species and indicate the species identity on a readout device.},
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place = {United States},
year = {1989},
month = {1}
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