Apidologie

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List of Papers (Total 1,768)

Honey bee stop-signal production: temporal distribution and effect of feeder crowding

The honey bee stop-signal may decrease recruitment by causing waggle dancers to cease dancing when food patch conditions deteriorate. However, little is known about how signaling may change during the time a signaler is inside the nest and what triggers signal production. All previous feeder studies have used crowded feeders to stimulate stop-signal production. We focused on...

The reliability of morphological traits in the differentiation of Bombus terrestris and B. lucorum (Hymenoptera: Apidae)

The bumblebees of the subgenus Bombus sensu strictu are a notoriously difficult taxonomic group because identification keys are based on the morphology of the sexuals, yet the workers are easily confused based on morphological characters alone. Based on a large field sample of workers putatively belonging to either B. terrestris or B. lucorum, we here test the applicability and...

Reduced expression of major royal jelly protein 1 gene in the mushroom bodies of worker honeybees with reduced learning ability

The learning ability of European honeybees, Apis mellifera, develops with age. However, when worker bees are isolated from their colony and are fed only sucrose solution, their learning development is hindered. This rearing method has allowed us to compare worker bees of the same age but with different learning abilities. In this study, we examined the influence of this rearing...

Breeding for resistance to Varroa destructor in Europe

The rich variety of native honeybee subspecies and ecotypes in Europe offers a good genetic resource for selection towards Varroa resistance. There are some examples of mite resistance that have developed as a consequence of natural selection in wild and managed European populations. However, most colonies are influenced by selective breeding and are intensively managed...

Varroa destructor is the main culprit for the death and reduced populations of overwintered honey bee (Apis mellifera) colonies in Ontario, Canada

The relative effect of parasite levels, bee population size, and food reserves on winter mortality and post winter populations of honey bee colonies was estimated. More than 400 colonies were monitored throughout three seasons in Ontario, Canada. Most of the colonies were infested with varroa mites during the fall (75.7%), but only 27.9% and 6.1% tested positive to nosema disease...

Characterization of Algerian honeys by palynological and physico-chemical methods

Sixty-six Algerian honeys were sampled for investigation on their palynological and physico-chemical properties. Results showed that the total number of pollen grains in 10 g honey ranged from 2.1 × 103 to 1.12 × 106. In total 124 pollen species were identified and the main pollen forms were Eucalyptus spp., Olea europaea, Papaver rhoeas, Pimpinella anisum, Carduus sp. and...