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Oviposition rates of instrumentally inseminated and naturally mated queen honey bees apis mellifera hymenoptera apidae



Oviposition rates of instrumentally inseminated and naturally mated queen honey bees apis mellifera hymenoptera apidae



Annals of the Entomological Society of America 79(1): 112-115



Egg-laying rates of queen honey bees, Apis mellifera L., were measured in colonies containing no brood and ca. 3,000 or 12,000 worker bees. Naturally mated queens were heavier and laid more eggs laid more eggs per day than instrumentaly inseminated queens. CO2 narcosis caused weight loss in queens and may account for at least some of the difference. When nitrogen narcosis replaced carbon dioxide during instrumental insemination, queen weights increased, but still did not equal those of naturally mated queens that received no narcosis. The correlation between egg-laying rate and queen weight was r = 0.73 (n = 112).

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