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Ideal Bee "Scorbeeion" Description and Reflection

Updated: Nov 3, 2021


Goals:








  • Resilience against Varroa Mite

  • Varroa Mite

  • Parasite that feeds on honeybee’s hemolymph fluid

  • Attaches to the abdominal folds of an adult bee

  • Effects of Varroa Mite

  • Wing Deformities

  • Shorten lifespan of adult bees

  • Feed on larvae & kill immature bees

  • Increase virus levels & susceptibility in colony

Scorpion Tail:









Details:

  • Contains honeybee venom and kills mites

  • Can be used to remove mites on themself and other bees

Consequences:

  • Adds weight to the bee and makes flight more difficult

  • Bees need larger cells for laying eggs due to larger size bees

Armor:









Details:

  • Made of metal so mites can not easily attach to the bee

  • Metal is black to reflect less light

  • Protects from stings from other bees

Consequences:

  • The metal reflect more light than a normal bees skin and attracts more predators

  • Black metal absorbs and retains more heat from the sun

  • Metal adds weight to the bee making flight more difficult

Mite Sensing Antennas:









Details:

  • Antennas can sense mites so the bees know who in the hive is infected and if other hives are infected as well

  • Bees can sting varroa mites that make it into the hive

Consequences:

  • May lead to more CCD due to bees trying to escape the mites

Larger/Stronger Wings:









Details:

  • Counteracts the flight difficulties from the scorpion tail and armor adding weight

  • Enables the bee to fly further to collect nectar and pollen

  • Wings are clear to minimize visibility from predators

Consequences:

  • Increases the needed cell size even further

  • May increase energy output for bees

Sources:

Reflection:

  • We ran into many difficulties during the creation of out ideal bee including:

  • We were unable to cut the bees wings and the scorpions body from them in the file, so we had to do so after the model was 3D printed.

  • The legs and antenna did not correctly 3D print due to the small scale so I had to make the antenas out of wood sticks and the legs out of hot glue.

  • The scorpion tail does not reach the bees back as expected and needed to be bigger and longer but we did not have time to reprint.

  • It was extremely difficult to unravel the yellow string and superglue it to the bee as fur without it sticking to my fingers, the table, and everything else.





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