Innovations: A simple apparatus for sampling honeybees from wild colonies

publication date: Mar 25, 2011
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Bee World Vol.68 (4) 1987 pp. 179-181
Article Title

Innovations: A simple apparatus for sampling honeybees from wild colonies

Author(s)

Marija M Kwak

Abstract

In some semi-arid environments of India, and other parts of South Asia where Apis cerana is absent, the indigenous wild bees, Apis donata and Apis florea, are important pollinators of cultivated crops and they are often collected for study and experimental purposes. So far, only very crude sampling methods have been used, such as the killing of a whole colony with a solution of soap in water. The need for a method of taking small samples of bees, whilst causing minimum disturbance to the colony, led Dr Sihag, of Haryana Agricultural University in India, to develop the 'Sihag bee sampler' (Fig. 1).

KeywordsSampling honeybees, wild colonies, Apis dontata, Apis florea
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