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Dimensional aspects of flight in the honey bees of Africa

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Journal of Apicultural Research
Vol. 37 (3) pp.147-154
Date
September 1998
 
Article Title

Dimensional aspects of flight in the honey bees of Africa

Author(s)

H R Hepburn; S E Radloff; G R Steele; R E Brown

Abstract

Dimensional aspects of honey bee flight were evaluated in terms of subspecific categories, geographical distribution and population structure. The subspecies of Apis mellifera of Africa can be discriminated from those of Europe, but not among themselves. The African subspecies form two non-taxonomic groups with respect to flight. Significantly high values of variance occur within and between subspecies and populations. The spatial distribution of flight variance is not correlated with morphometric or pheromonal variance.

Keywords

honey bees, Apis mellifera, flight, populations, spatial distribution, Africa

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