Scientific note on a single-user method for identifying drone congregation areas

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Journal of Apicultural Research

Vol. 53 (4) pp. 424-425
DOI

10.3896/IBRA.1.53.4.12
Date

September 2014
Article Title

Scientific note on a single-user method for identifying drone congregation areas

Author(s)

Ashley N Mortensen and James D Ellis
Abstract

Throughout the breeding season, Western honey bee (Apis mellifera L.) drones congregate at drone congregation areas (DCAs) on calm, sunny days having little-to-no wind. Drone congregation areas are specific locations that typically occur in an open area, free of trees and / or buildings, and are protected from wind by a vertical relief such as a tree line (apud Scheiner et al., 2013). Moreover, DCAs occur in the same location from year to year and they are found by successive generations of drones (Ruttner, 1985).

Keywords

drone congregation area, Apis mellifera, honey bee, drone trap
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