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Effect of semen dose on artificial insemination of queens of Apis mellifera capensis Eschscholtz (Hymenoptera: Apidae)



Effect of semen dose on artificial insemination of queens of Apis mellifera capensis Eschscholtz (Hymenoptera: Apidae)



African Entomology 1(1): 121-122



The purpose of this study was to establish the semen dose needed to achieve a full spermatheca in a queen. Queens were instrumentally inseminated with 4-10 micro l semen and, 2 days later, the number of spermatozoa (N) in the spermatheca was counted. N increased with increasing semen dose, up to 8 micro l, but did not increase further with larger doses. Mean spermatozoa migration was 17.6% to 8.2% over the dosage range from 4 to 10 micro l semen.

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