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Assessment of flight activity and homing ability in Asian and European honey bee species, Apis cerana and Apis mellifera, measured with radio frequency tags

He, Xujiang; WANG, Wenxiang; QIN, Qiuhong; Zhijiang, Zeng; Zhang, Shao Wu; Barron, Andrew


The Asian honey bee Apis cerana and the European honey bee Apis mellifera are closely related and morphologically very similar. Where these species coexist, they appear to compete, but the outcomes of competition vary enormously between locations. Here, we report comparative behavioural data for A. cerana and A. mellifera in China gathered by tracking bees using radio frequency identification. Both species organise their division of labour by temporal polyethism and have remarkably similar...[Show more]

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Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: Apidologie
DOI: 10.1007/s13592-012-0156-7


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