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Flight Times of Africanized and European Honey Bee Drones (Hymenoptera: Apidae)

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Flight activities of Africanized honey bee (Apis melli/era L.) drones were compared with those of two color morphs of European drones in Venezuela. European drones departed from colonies 19 ± 2 (f ± SEM) min earlier, and flight times were more variable than those of Africanized drones. Mean flight time differences decreased as the drones aged and were similar whether drones were flying from Africanized or European colonies.Overlap of their flight distributions was >70%, which suggests that interbreeding of the two types of bees will be substantial under most natural conditions. Black and yellow European drones flew at similar times with similar variances, which precludes the idea that flight time differences are due to body color.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 1991

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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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