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Using synthetic pheromone lures to attract honeybee colonies in Kenya

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Journal of Apicultural Research
Vol. 25 (2) pp. 85-86
Date
June 1986
Article Title

Using synthetic pheromone lures to attract honeybee colonies in Kenya 

Author(s)

I K. Kigatiira, J. W. L. Beament, J. B. Free And J. A. Pickett

Abstract

Nasonov pheromone lures, either with or without (E)-9-oxo-2-decenoic acid (902), were hung inside empty Kenya top-bar hives in each of 4 apiaries in Kenya. Of the 48 hives with lures, 24 were occupied by honeybee swarms, although at one site all hives, with or without lures, remained unoccupied. At the other 3 sites, 56, 78 and 17% of hives with Nasonov lures, with Nasonov + 902 lures, and without lures, respectively, were occupied. The difference between hives with Nasonov lures and with Nasonov + 902 lures was not significant. It is concluded that lures should be placed in hives only at those times of year when migrating colonies usually settle in the area concerned.

Keywords

Synthetic pheromone, lure, bee behaviour, Kenya

 
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