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The rate of depletion of spermatozoa in the queen honey bee apis mellifera spermatheca



The rate of depletion of spermatozoa in the queen honey bee apis mellifera spermatheca



Journal of Apicultural Research 18(3): 204-207



Uniformly inseminated hybrid queens (14) were randomly divided into 3 groups. Spermatozoa in the spermatheca of the 1st group were counted before egg laying began [5.00 .+-. 0.26 (SE) million]. Queens of the 2nd group laid about 63,000 and of the 3rd group aboui 123,000, eggs before spermatozoa in the spermathecae were counted (3.25 .+-. 0.06, 2.49 .+-. 0.18, respectively). Queens used 1/2 their spermatozoa between June 16 and mid-Nov., i.e., about 1/2 the egg-laying season in Louisiana [USA]. Data were negatively correlated with the predicted logarithmic loss of spermatozoa from the spermatheca (r = -0.94).

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