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Honey Bees: Individual Feeding of Large Numbers of Adult Workers

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A system was devised which is used to individually feed worker honey bees, Apis mellifera L., microdroplets of food at the rate of 300–400 bees/hour. The system reduces extraneous stimuli and utilizes the bees' positive phototaxis to lead them to the food. Data on food consumption are reported for bees of different ages fed for varying lengths of time. With an appropriate feeding time, nearly 100% of the worker bees tested consumed the available food.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 1976

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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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