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Behaviour of egg-laying virgin and mated queen honey bees (Apis mellifera L.) and the composition of brood in their colonies



Behaviour of egg-laying virgin and mated queen honey bees (Apis mellifera L.) and the composition of brood in their colonies



Journal of Apicultural Research 32(1): 19-26



In studies in Tucson, Arizona, USA, virgin and mated cordovan queen honey bees (Apis mellifera) were introduced into 2-frame colonies containing workers that were not related to the queens. The percentage of times that queens laid eggs after assuming an egg-laying position was lower for virgin queens than for mated queens. In most instances, mated queens laid more eggs per observation interval than virgin queens.

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Accession: 002308933

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DOI: 10.1080/00218839.1993.11101283


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