Journal of Apicultural Science

Foraging and hoarding efficiency in Buckfast purebreds and Norwegian Black Bee (A. m. mellifera) hybrids. Part 1. Annual honey yield versus results of field flying cage and laboratory tests

Journal of Apicultural Science. Volume 49, Issue 1, Pages 17-25, ISSN (Print) 1643-4439
Honey yield measured throughout the entire season was compared with the foraging and hoarding efficiency (sugar syrup/candy) in Buckfast (Bcf) and in Norwegian Black Bee queens x Caucasian drone hybrids (Nor x Cau) using both field and laboratory cage tests. During the field tests artificially made nucleus colonies were tested under flying cages. Nor x Cau do not seem to be overly sensitive to adverse weather conditions. Bcf bees were efficient both in good and in worse weather and they represent more efficient foraging/hoarding behaviour. Nor x Cau, which may be encountered in the Lublin region did not prove to be a good combination. Results of the cage tests correspond to the honey yield measured in the full size colonies. The amount of syrup foraged in the test under the flying cages corresponded to the amount of the stored syrup supplies. Therefore combining these two tests results in the proper assessment of the hoarding behaviour.
hoarding, foraging, honey yield, cage tests, A mellifera
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