Standard methods for Apis mellifera anatomy and dissection

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Journal of Apicultural Research Vol. 52(4)
DOI 10.3896/IBRA.1.52.4.03
Date September 2013
Article Title

Standard methods for Apis mellifera anatomy and dissection

Author(s)

Norman L Carreck, Michael Andree, Colin S Brent, Diana Cox-Foster, Harry A Dade, James D Ellis, Fani Hatjina and Dennis vanEnglesdorp

Abstract

An understanding of the anatomy and functions of internal and external structures are fundamental to many studies on the honey bee Apis mellifera. Similarly, proficiency in dissection techniques is vital for many more complex procedures. In this paper, which is a prelude to the other papers of the COLOSS BEEBOOK, we outline basic honey bee anatomy and basic dissection techniques.

Keywords

COLOSS, BEEBOOK, honey bee, Apis mellifera, anatomy, dissection, autopsy

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