Seasonal inconsistencies in the relationship between honey bee longevity in field colonies and laboratory cages

publication date: Apr 1, 2012
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Journal of Apicultural Research
Vol. 51 (2) pp. 218 - 219
DOI
10.3896/IBRA.1.51.2.13
Date
April 2012
Article Title

Seasonal inconsistencies in the relationship between honey bee longevity in field colonies and laboratory cages

Author(s)

Thomas E Rinderer, Robert G Danka and J Anthony Stelzer

Abstract

Notes and Comments

Sufficient winter longevity of honey bees (Apis mellifera L.) is critical for colony performance. For example, the pollination of almonds in California, USA requires populous colonies in February. Furthermore, the dwindling of colony populations in winter and spring could be due to insufficient longevity of winter bees. The size of colonies in winter and spring might be improved if bees had increased longevity as a result of artificial selection.

Keywords

Honey bee longevity, pollen feeding, cage experiments, field longevity

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