The Polyandrous Queen Honey Bee: Biology and Apiculture

Swarming and Queen Honey Bee

Author(s): Lovleen Marwaha

Pp: 247-273 (27)

DOI: 10.2174/9789815079128112010014

* (Excluding Mailing and Handling)


The reproductive swarms usually include queens, young worker bees and drones, leaving the native hive to explore the pre-selected site and construct a hive there. Various factors which accelerate swarming events include congestion in the colony, reduced queen pheromones, limited available food resource, different ecological conditions, genetic possession of the colony, etc. Swarming is a significant event for a honey bee colony but drastically affects beekeeping. Therefore apiarists generally take specific measures to control packing events, including proper management of the colony, clipping of queen honey bee's wings, destruction of a queen cell, maintenance of adequate strength of the colony, re-queening of the colony and use of swarm resistance honey bees.

Keywords: Controls, Queen's role, Swarming.

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