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Tracheal Mite (Acari: Tarsonemidae) Infestation Effects on Foraging and Survivorship of Honey Bees (Hymenoptera: Apidae)

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The foraging activity of worker honey bees, Apis mellifera L., at the hive entrance was used to study the effects of infestation by tracheal mites, Acarapis woodi (Rennie). No significant differences were found between infested and noninfested bees for the number of foraging trips, frequency of foraging trips, round trip times, frequency of pollen collection, or time between foraging trips. Nectar loads collected by forager honey bees infested with tracheal mites were compared with loads collected by noninfested foragers. The difference in mean honey sac volumes was not significant. Survivorship of worker bees as a function of tracheal mite infestation was determined by comparing, during a 6-wk period, the ratio of infested to noninfested bees in subpopulations that were aged in common colonies. Stable infestation ratios throughout the experiment indicated no significant reduction in survivorship because of infestation.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 1989

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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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