Title: Optical identification of bumblebee species: Effect of morphology on wingbeat frequency
Authors: van Roy, Jeroen ×
De Baerdemaeker, Josse
Saeys, Wouter
De Ketelaere, Bart #
Issue Date: Nov-2014
Publisher: Elsevier
Series Title: Computers and Electronics in Agriculture vol:109 pages:94-100
Abstract: Insects play a very important role in agriculture: while pests have a negative influence on the yield,
beneficial insects are indispensable for pollinating purposes. Because of this importance, several systems
are developed to monitor insect activity. These are mainly based on manual counting procedures which
are very time consuming and labour intensive. In order to automate this procedure, the possibility to
detect and classify insects based on their optical signatures has been investigated using two bumblebee
species (Bombus terrestris and Bombus ignitus) as case study. Also the influence of morphological
parameters of the bumblebee wings on the wingbeat is investigated. It is shown that the wingbeat
frequencies of the two species are significantly different, and that bumblebees with larger wings had a
lower wingbeat frequency. Based on the differences found, a simple classifier was built to discriminate
between both species with an accuracy of 88%.
ISSN: 0168-1699
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Division of Mechatronics, Biostatistics and Sensors (MeBioS)
Faculty of Bioscience Engineering
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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