Honeybees And The Fight Against Terrorism

The Sweetest Solution?

Two wild bees on a thistle; crab spider in center.
Two wild bees on a thistle; crab spider in center.
A wild bee on a plant known as "Ranger's Button" in So. California.
A wild bee on a plant known as "Ranger's Button" in So. California.
The study is called The Stealthy Insect Sensor Project.
The study is called The Stealthy Insect Sensor Project.

Bees sniff almost as accurately as Canines..

In the fight against terrorism, bees can detect the vapors from TNT, C-4 Plastic Explosives, and propellants. Their sense of smell rivals that of dogs, Researchers have discovered. Experiments conducted at Los Alamos National Lab indicate that the humble Honeybee may make a significant contribution in the area of National Security.

This would mean more help from Nature in uncovering such dire devices as roadside bombs and suicide bomber belts. Once trained, bees use their proboscis to demonstrate the presence of chemicals associated with these oft undetected weapons. The proboscis is used by bees to also denote the presence of nectar.

Although far from battle-ready, Honeybees may unlock new doors in the struggle to locate IEDS {improvised explosive devices}. Already pollinators account for one third of the world's food supply..could they also be used to protect it?

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valeriebelew 6 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

I am impresssed. This is informative, and for me it is news. I had never heard anything like this before. It is also well written, and flows smoothly.


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GarnetBird 6 years ago from Northern California Author

Oh, THANK you. I love bees (from a distance anyway).


"Quill" 6 years ago

Awesome Hub and one worth looking further into...well done Sister...

Blessings


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GarnetBird 6 years ago from Northern California Author

Thank you; the photos are from the So. California Mts.-I named my ebay store after wild bees (The BookHIVE) God Bless-Garnet


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Michael Shane 6 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

Nicely done GarnetBird! Hey, you tried to send me some pics but they did not show up! I wuold like to see them....Thanks


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thevoice 6 years ago from carthage ill

great photos hub thanks


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Theophanes 4 years ago from New England

Very neat but how do a train a bee?? Is someone running around following one all day to see what it does? Odd.


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GarnetBird 4 years ago from Northern California Author

Beats me!! haha.Thanks for reading!

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