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Do foraging bees retain their orientation to a certain distance from the hive, after the hive is moved



Do foraging bees retain their orientation to a certain distance from the hive, after the hive is moved



Bee World 41(11/12): 281-282



Ten colonies of recognizable cordovan bees were moved to a location 0.5 and 0.7 miles from 2 fields of lucerne, 20 and 10 acres. Samples were taken for 4 days at 2 points in each field to determine what percentages came from cordovan colonies. One week later, the 10 colonies were moved 10 miles and placed on the edge of an isolated lucerne field. Samples were taken the day following and for a total of 6 times in a 11-day period at stations 0.1, 0.3 and 0.5 miles from the hives. In both fields the average percentage of cordovans was highest at the stations closest to the apiary, thus not supporting the hypothesis suggested in the title. Not determined were the effects of a change in flight direction and different kinds and richness of nectar sources.

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