WEIGHTS OF WORKER HONEYBEES IN SWARMS

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Journal of Apicultural Research Vol. 21 (2) pp.88-92
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Date June 1982
 
Article Title WEIGHTS OF WORKER HONEYBEES IN SWARMS
 
Author(s) GARD W. OTIS
 
Abstract The weights of European and Africanized worker honeybees in swarms were determined. European workers were significantly heavier. Within each population, mean weights of workers from different swarms varied greatly, mostly because of differences in the mean weights of honey sac contents. As the weights of workers differed so much between swarms, it is recommended that an estimate of a swarm size should be based on the mean weight of workers sampled from that swarm.
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