Recent developments on the use of accelerometers to monitor honey bee colonies

Recent developments on the use of accelerometers to monitor honey bee colonies


We have pioneered, eleven years ago, the use of ultra-sensitive vibration sensors to monitor the honeybee colony activity. We will show the tiny vibrations that we can measure, how we measure them, and the relevance of some of these signals to the honeybee individuals.

We monitor the signal continuously, over time durations longer than a year. We will show some conclusions we were able to draw about the meaning of some signals, often without any disruption to the colony. In particular we will show our preferred interpretation for the function of the toots and quacks that take place in the colony after the primary swarm.

Martin Bencsik is a University academic teaching physics. He gradually displaced his research focus from the vibrations in Magnetic Resonance Imaging to those taking place in the honeycomb of honeybee colonies. He is presently exploring the information one can draw about the honeybee colony status, from logging the always expanding collection of pulsed vibrations originating from individuals passing the vicinity of accelerometer sensors. Martin’s group is presently a partner of the large EU ‘B-GOOD’ research consortium aiming at providing guidance to beekeepers to help making beekeeping a sustainable practice, in spite of the difficult times we are going through.

This event is a virtual event, hosted on Zoom.

Current CABK members will receive details of how to attend by email in advance.

Non-members are welcome to attend, for a small fee of £3.

Registration for this event will start in late January 2021


17 Feb 2021


7:30 pm - 8:30 pm






The Central Association of Bee-Keepers (CBKA)
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