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A MATING TUBE FOR STUDYING ATTRACTIVENESS OF QUEEN HONEYBEES AND MATING BEHAVIOUR OF DRONES

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Journal of Apicultural Research
Vol. 23 (1) pp. 21-24
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Date
March 1984
Article Title

A MATING TUBE FOR STUDYING ATTRACTIVENESS OF QUEEN HONEYBEES AND MATING BEHAVIOUR OF DRONES

Author(s)

O R TAYLOR, Jr

Abstract

A plastic queen holder which can be used to obtain matings by drones in congregation areas is described. Copulating drones become stuck in the tube, and can be recovered and examined. When the device is used with a population containing marked drones, their age, race and apiary of origin can be determined.

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