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    University of Illinois Institute for Genomic Biology director Gene Robinson, left, and citizen scientist Paul Tenczar put RFID tags on honey bees to track the activity of individual bees in the hive.

    University of Illinois Institute for Genomic Biology director Gene Robinson, left, and citizen scientist Paul Tenczar put RFID tags on honey bees to track the activity of individual bees in the hive.

    Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

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      University of Illinois Institute for Genomic Biology director Gene Robinson, left, and citizen scientist Paul Tenczar put RFID tags on honey bees to track the activity of individual bees in the hive.

      Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

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      The radio frequency identification (RFID) tag allowed researchers to determine that some foraging bees are much more active than others.

      Photo courtesy of Tom Newman, Robinson Bee Laboratory

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  • To reach Gene Robinson, call 217-265-0309; email generobi@illinois.edu.

    The paper, “Automated Monitoring Reveals Extreme Inter-Individual Variation and Plasticity in Honey Bee Foraging Activity Levels,” is available online or from the U. of I. News Bureau.