COMPARATIVE MORPHOMETRIC STUDIES ON THE INDIAN HONEYBEE OF THE NORTH-WEST HIMALAYAS 2. WINGS
V K MATTU AND L RVERMA
Significant variation with locality was observed in 18 characters of the fore- and hind wings of worker honeybees (Apis cerana indica) collected from the Himachal region, and in 14 characters of bees from the Kashmir region, in north-west India. A number of wing measurements were positively correlated with altitude.For Himachali bees these included length and breadth of both fore- and hind wings, proportions of several wing-vein cells, size of some cell angles, and number of hamuli. For Kashmir bees they included breadth of fore-wing, proportions of some wing-vein cells, size of some cell angles, and number of hamuli. Most wing parameters were significantly larger in the Kashmiri bees, but not number of hamuli, length of the apical portion of the radial vein, or certain wing-vein angles.