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Nest cavity selection by swarms of European and Africanized honeybees

Nest cavity selection by swarms of European and Africanized honeybees

Journal of Apicultural Research, 212: 98-103

The overall pattern of nest-box occupations by European bees in Louisiana [USA] indicated a minimum acceptable volume of .apprx. 10 l, a maximum acceptable volume of .apprx. 40 l and no preference between these extremes. Africanized bees in Venezuela had a nest-box occupation pattern indicating a minimum acceptable volume of .apprx. 20 l, no maximum acceptable volume within the limits of the sizes available in the experiment, and no clear preference between volumes from 20-120 l. These data suggest a model of nest-cavity selection formulated as a hierarchical set of choices. Africanized swarms weighed more, although the individual bees in them weighed less, and they always built a smaller total area of comb and tended to include fewer drones, than swarms of European bees.

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DOI: 10.1080/00218839.1982.11100522

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