Standard methods for Apis mellifera anatomy and dissection

publication date: Sep 1, 2013
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Journal of Apicultural Research
Vol. 52(4)
September 2013
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Standard methods for Apis mellifera anatomy and dissection


Norman L Carreck, Michael Andree, Colin S Brent, Diana Cox-Foster, Harry A Dade, James D Ellis, Fani Hatjina and Dennis vanEnglesdorp


An understanding of the anatomy and functions of internal and external structures are fundamental to many studies on the honey bee Apis mellifera. Similarly, proficiency in dissection techniques is vital for many more complex procedures. In this paper, which is a prelude to the other papers of the COLOSS BEEBOOK, we outline basic honey bee anatomy and basic dissection techniques.


COLOSS, BEEBOOK, honey bee, Apis mellifera, anatomy, dissection, autopsy

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Enlarged and laminated versions of the plates to accompany this chapter for use at the laboratory bench, are available here