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Effects of Synthetic., Honey Bee (Hymenoptera: Apidae) Queen Mandibular-Gland Pheromone on Workers in Packages

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Abstract:

Packages of worker honey bees, Apis mellifera L., were provided with either queens, one of two doses of synthetic queen mandibular-gland pheromone, or a blank lure, and treated as commercially produced packages. There were no significant differences between queenright and pheromone-treated packages in worker agitation, cluster density, sound production, worker mortality, or colony population 3 wk after hiving. Packages in the blank treatments usually showed statistically significant or qualitative differences from the other three treatments. Queen introduction problems were found with all queenless treatments. Synthetic queen mandibular-gland pheromone can be used as a queen substitute for the shipment and temporary storage of packaged bees, provided that proper care is taken when introducing queens following package shipment.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 1990

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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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