A novel method to measure hairiness in bees and other insect pollinators

Laura Roquer-Beni, Jordi Bosch, Anselm Rodrigo, Xavier Arnan, Alexandra-Maria Klein, Felix Fornoff & Virginie Boreux
1. Hairiness is a salient trait of insect pollinators that has been linked to thermoregulation, pollen uptake and transportation, and pollination success. Despite its potential importance in pollination ecology, hairiness is rarely included in pollinator trait analyses. This is likely due to the lack of standardized and efficient methods to measure hairiness. 2. We describe a novel methodology that uses a stereomicroscope equipped with a live measurement module software to quantitatively measure two components of...
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