Olfactory response of Apis florea F. to some essential oils
Twenty-four essential oils were evaluated as olfactory repellents to Apis florea. Tests were carried out at concentrations ranging from 0.0625 to 5 g/litre distilled water. Numbers of bees congregating in the chemical-vapour arena and the water-vapour arena of the olfactometer provided an index of repellency. On the basis of maximum percentage repellency obtained, Carum capciculll oil was the best repellent.