Comparison of Swarming Tendency and Defensive Behavior of Yigilca Local and Other Commonly Used Honeybee Genotypes in Turkey


Gosterit A. , Cikili Y., Kekecoglu M.

KAFKAS UNIVERSITESI VETERINER FAKULTESI DERGISI, vol.18, no.4, pp.595-598, 2012 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 18 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Title of Journal : KAFKAS UNIVERSITESI VETERINER FAKULTESI DERGISI
  • Page Numbers: pp.595-598

Abstract

In this study, swarming tendency and defensive behavior of Yigilca local honeybee were determined and compared with other commonly used honeybee genotypes in Turkey. Colonies were headed by naturally mated queens and 10 colonies of Yigilca local honeybee, 12 colonies of of Apis mellifera caucasica cross and 12 colonies of of Apis mellifera anatoliaca cross were used in the experiment. In swarming season, Yigilca honeybee colonies constructed more queen cells (49.86 +/- 18.00) than both A.m. anatoliaca cross (13.00 +/- 7.00) and A.m. caucasica (8.00 +/- 1.15) cross colonies. Similarly, according to results of sting test, the highest number of stings was determined in Yigilca honeybee colonies (18.38 +/- 4.24), followed by A.m. anatoliaca (5.50 +/- 2.15) and A.m. caucasica (3.75 +/- 0.62) crosses. Results showed that Yigilca local honeybee genotype has a more swarming tendency and is more defensive than A.m. anatoliaca and A.m. caucasica crosses.