An estimate of the heritability of the corbicular area of the honeybee
Charles P. Milne, Jr.
Heritability (h2) of corbicular area in worker honeybees (Apis mellifera) was estimated from the variance components of half-sib families. Corbicular area was measured on 30 worker progeny from each of 73 free-mated queens which were the daughters of 8 mother queens. Heritability was estimated to be 1.014 ± 0.195. This large value for 11 2 indicates that selection for larger corbicular area is possible and, depending upon the genetic correlation, may result in concomitant selection for improved honey production.