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Research on the biology of the queen honeybee



Research on the biology of the queen honeybee



Recherches sur la biologie de la reine d' abeille, Apis mellifica L Hymenopteres, Apoidea, Apidae: 87



Studies of the factors affecting the weight of the queen at emergence (W) showed that: queens reared during the honey flow (June, July) were significantly heavier (196 mg) than those reared at other times (159.5 mg); when queen cells were introduced into a colony already rearing its own queen, W was significantly lower than for those reared in a non-queen-rearing colony (158.7 mg compared with 191.6 mg); W was higher in colonies with some brood in the first to fifth larval stages; W was higher in a larger colony. No relationship was found between W and the volume of the queen cell. Finally, an attempt is made to evaluate the energy of reproduction for a queenless colony as a function of the time (of year) of rearing and as an index of evolution. P. Walker.

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