The effect of brood incubation temperature on the reproductive value of honey bee (Apis mellifera) drones

publication date: Apr 1, 2013
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Journal of Apicultural Research
Vol. 52 (2) pp.96-105
DOI
10.3896/IBRA.1.52.2.19
Date
April 2013
Article Title

The effect of brood incubation temperature on the reproductive value of honey bee (Apis mellifera) drones

Author(s)

Krystyna Czekońska, Bożena Chuda-Mickiewicz and Paweł Chorbiński

Abstract

The effect of capped brood incubation temperature on the reproductive value of honey bee (Apis mellifera) drones was examined. Drones incubated at 32°C had larger reproductive organs and a higher percentage of live spermatozoa. On the other hand drones incubated at 35°C were more likely to have everted copulatory apparatus and they ejaculated a larger volume of semen. To collect a semen dose of 8 μl, on average 16.2 drones incubated at lower temperature were required, but 10.9 drones incubated at higher temperature produced the same amount.

Keywords

Apis mellifera, drones, brood temperature, reproductive organs, semen quality

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