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Rates of swarming and absconding in the giant honey bee,Apis dorsata F.

Abstract

The frequency and timing of swarming and absconding of the giant honey beeApis dorsata F. at 5 perennial nesting sites located in and around Bangalore district during 1986–88 are determined. The percentages of swarming and absconding are very high and both these migratory activities occur regularly and at definite times of the year. Swarming was noticed both during October–November and in April, while absconding was observed during May to July. Swarming and absconding together caused migration inApis dorsata.

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Venkatesh, G., Chandrasekhara Reddy, C. Rates of swarming and absconding in the giant honey bee,Apis dorsata F.. Proc. Indian Acad. Sci. (Anim. Sci.) 98, 425–430 (1989). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF03179655

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Keywords

  • Apis dorsata
  • swarming
  • absconding
  • honeybee
  • rockbee