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Foraging behavior of honey bees on molasses

Uematsu, H.; Hamakawa, H.; Sakanoshita, A.; Seguchi, N.; Suzuki, T.

Japanese Journal of Applied Entomology and Zoology 29(2): 97-101

1985


ISSN/ISBN: 0021-4914
DOI: 10.1303/jjaez.29.97
Accession: 005477377

Pine sawer, Monochamus alternatus Hope (Coleoptera:Cerambycidae) is a serious pest which is a carrier of Bursaphelenchus xylophilus (Steiner and Buhrer) (Nematoda:Aphelenchoididae). In Japan NAC wettable powder is extensively sprayed on a forest to protect the pine against maturation feedings of the longicorn beetles. Some beekeepers are afraid of a reaction of honey bee to the molasses which is one of the components of the NAC wettable powder. The foraging behavior of honey bees on honey, molasses or honey mixed with molasses of various concentrations was observed. The molasses alone was never gathered by the workers. Honey solutions including 0-10% of molasses were accepted by workers, although the honey solutions mixed with the molasses of higher concentrations were less acceptable. This suggests that some unknown components of molasses act as inhibitors of foraging behavior of workers.

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