Behavioural Testing Facilities
The bumblebee lab consists of a large free flight enclosure in which bees fly freely collecting nectar and pollen to sustain the colony. This is designed to simulate a natural foraging environment.
The lab is also equipped with two smaller foraging enclosures where bees can be given restricted access. This provides a more controlled environment for behavioural testing.
Histology work for the bumblebees is conducted both in the bumblebee lab and at AFAR. A dissection microscope and dissection tools are all available in the bumblebee lab. Equipment for paraffin embedding/sectioning as well as staining and analysis of bumblebee brain tissue is all present at AFAR.