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Studies on the Rate at Which Honeybees Ripen Honey

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Abstract:

Recent studies show that the peculiar activity of housebees in manipulating nectar with their mouthparts accounts for the fact that honey when first deposited in the comb is considerably more concentrated than was the nectar from which it came. Nectar containing 45 per cent sugar when brought into the hive was found to contain approximately 60 per cent sugar when first deposited in the comb. Other results show that combs of green honey left in the hive but screened from the bees, advanced in concentration from 65 per cent to 80 per cent, the concentration of ripe honey, within 3 days.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 1933

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  • Journal of Economic Entomology is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December. The journal publishes articles on the economic significance of insects and is divided into the following sections: apiculture & social insects; arthropods in relation to plant disease; forum; insecticide resistance and resistance management; ecotoxicology; biological and microbial control; ecology and behavior; sampling and biostatistics; household and structural insects; medical entomology; molecular entomology; veterinary entomology; forest entomology; horticultural entomology; field and forage crops, and small grains; stored-product; commodity treatment and quarantine entomology; and plant resistance. In addition to research papers, Journal of Economic Entomology publishes Letters to the Editor, interpretive articles in a Forum section, Short Communications, Rapid Communications, and Book Reviews.
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