SIZE OF NEST CAVITIES SELECTED BY SWARMS OF AFRICANIZED HONEYBEES IN VENEZUELA

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Journal of Apicultural Research
Vol. 20 (3) pp. 160-164
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Date
September 1981
Article Title
SIZE OF NEST CAVITIES SELECTED BY SWARMS OF AFRICANIZED HONEYBEES IN VENEZUELA
Author(s)
THOMAS E. RINDERER, ANITA M. COLLINS, ALAN B. BOLTEN AND JOHN R. HARBO
Abstract
Most feral swarms of Africanized honeybees (Apis mellifera, South American ecotype) in Venezuela selected cavities with a volume of 80 litres as nest sites when presented with a choice of 10, 20, 40 and 80 litres. Agonistic behaviour between scout bees inspecting nest boxes was common, indicating that nest cavities were a limited resource for this population of feral honeybees.
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