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Swarming, supersedure and the mating system of a natural population of honey bees (Apis mellifera capensis)



Swarming, supersedure and the mating system of a natural population of honey bees (Apis mellifera capensis)



Journal of Apicultural Research 36(1): 41-48



Observations on the natural incidence of swarming and supersedure in 30 colonies of A. m. capensis over 4 years showed that swarming and supersedure occur in different seasons but with similar frequencies. Swarming is correlated with an influx of pollen and increased drone production; supersedure with declining pollen availability and decreased brood production. Neither swarming nor supersedure can be predicted by prior queen replacement events in a colony.

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