How honey bees of successive age classes are distributed over a one storey, ten frames hive

J.J.M. van der Steen, B. Cornelissen, J.N.L.C. Donders, T. Blacquière, C. van Dooremalen

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    Abstract

    In honey bee studies focusing on physiology, disease diagnosis or bio indication, bees are sampled from the colony. This raises the question of where in the colony samples must be taken from for specific study objectives. In this study we recorded where bees of known age are found in the hive. We recorded in a single brood box with ten frames in August that the mean proportion of bees of one (41%), two (23%), three (17%), four (11%) and five (8%) week old bees did not differ between frames. Additionally we found that there was a significant mortality of young bees in the first week after emergence. This may be partly due to the study set up but is also a natural phenomenon
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)174-178
    Number of pages5
    JournalJournal of Apicultural Research
    Volume51
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

    Keywords

    • worker honeybees
    • apis-mellifera
    • longevity
    • products
    • length
    • life

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