The relationship between comb age and performance of honey bee (Apis mellifera) colonies

El Kazafy A. Taha, Saad Al-Kahtani

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Abstract

A study on the relationship between the age of comb and the activity of the hybrid Carniolan honey bee colonies in collecting pollen activity, worker brood production, colony strength, and honey yield was conducted. In comparison to colonies with combs aged 4-years, colonies with combs aged 1, 2 and 3-years significantly exceeded in the number returning workers, number returning workers with pollen loads, rate of storing pollen, rate of worker brood production, and size of colony population. Colonies with combs aged 1, 2 and 3-years produced significantly more honey than colonies with combs aged 4-years (5.25, 4.90 and 4.65 kg/colony vs. 4.45 kg/colony, respectively). It can be concluded that the foraging rate, gathering and storing pollen, brood production, colony population size, and honey yield significantly depended on the age of combs. Beekeepers can replace old combs with new ones to increase brood and honey production.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-34
Number of pages5
JournalSaudi Journal of Biological Sciences
Volume27
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2020

Keywords

  • Brood
  • Comb
  • Honey
  • Honey bee
  • Pollen

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