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Mapping the flight of the bumblebee

22 September 2010 Last updated at 06:14 BST

Bumblebees are being studied to find out how they organise their nectar-collecting journeys.

Researchers from the Royal Holloway University of London are monitoring a colony of trained bees inside a flight cage in Surrey.

They're hoping to find out more about how the bees forage and optimise their flight paths.

Dr Nigel Raine explains how the experiment works.