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The influence of a colony's queen state time of year and drifting behavior on the acceptance and longevity of adult drone honeybees apis mellifera l



The influence of a colony's queen state time of year and drifting behavior on the acceptance and longevity of adult drone honeybees apis mellifera l



Journal of Apicultural Research 27(4): 219-226



Groups of 100 marked drones of known ages were introduced into colonies on different dates throughout 1980 and 1981. The number of drones surviving was measured every 2-4 days. Drone acceptance ranged from 8-88% and was correlated with environmental conditions at the time of introduction. Most loss of drones occurred within 24 h after introduction. The initial acceptance of drones showed positive simple correlations with mean daily temperature (r = 0.82, P < 0.001, in 1980) and the number of hours of sunshine (r = 0.58, P < 0.0007, in 1980, and r = 0.39, P < 0.01, in 1981) and was negatively correlated with daily precipitation (r = -0.44, P < 0.0001, in 1980) and relative humidity (r = -0.51, P < 0.0007, in 1981). Significant partial correlations were found between the initial acceptance of drones and temperatures (r = 0.67, P < 0.05, in 1980, and r = 0.51, P < 0.05, in 1981) and with relative humidity (r = -0.58, P < 0.05, in 1981). Queenless colonies accepted more drones (66%) than did queenright colonies (33%), but the survival rates of drones in queenless and queenright colonies were not significantly different. The mean longevity of adult drones ranged from 13-15 days (median 11-13 days) and did not vary significantly with seasonal changes in nectar flow. Survival rates of drones were not reduced by their drifting behaviour.

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