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Relation between egg-laying capacity of queen bees and populations and honey production of their colonies



Relation between egg-laying capacity of queen bees and populations and honey production of their colonies



American Bee Jour 98: 401-402



Three-year study of egg laying rates of 125 queens and resulting colony populations was made at Madison, Wisconsin. Fecundity of queen is an important factor in -con-trolling population of colony and most populous colonies produce most honey. Fecundity of queen is affected by her inheritance and environ-ment during development. If both factors are favorable a good queen should be able to mother a colony of 60,000 bees. Amount of brood reared is affected by viability of eggs, colony strength, available food, amount and location of brood rearing space, bee diseases and colony morale.

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