A Method for Evaluating Honey Bee Flight Activity at the Hive Entrance1

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The significance of flight activity of honey bees, Apis mellifera L., is reviewed, and the unique problems of evaluating colony flight are analyzed. A method is described that permits rapid and convenient determination of outgoing flight of bees at the colony entrance.

A screen-wire cone is placed over the colony entrance during brief sampling periods, usually 30 seconds. Outgoing foragers, thus partitioned from incoming foragers, escape through the tip of the cone where they can be counted conveniently. Flight from approximately 15-30 colonies can be sampled frequently by a single observer; extensive /light data permit critical comparison of flight between apiaries. The possible applications are explored.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 1967

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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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