Journal of Apicultural Science

Defensive behaviour of Apis cerana F. against predatory wasps

Journal of Apicultural Science. Volume 50, Issue 2, Pages 39-46, ISSN (Print) 1643-4439
Defensive behaviour of Apis cerana F. was studied against predatory wasps Vespa velutina and Vespa magnifica. The honeybee Apis cerana showed a well organized defense and killed more number of predatory wasps by exhibiting well organized balling behaviour as compared to Apis mellifera L. The bee mortality was higher when fewer wasps visited the apiary due to an unorganized defence. However, when the intensity of attack was severe, fewer bees and more wasps were killed due to an organized defense.
A cerana, A mellifera, foraging, defense, balling temperature, hornet, Vespa velutina
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