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PARANHOS, B.A.J; WALDER, J.M.M and CHAUD NETO, J. FLIGHT RANGE OF AFRICANIZED HONEYBEES, Apis mellifera L. 1758 (Hymenoptera: Apidae) IN AN APPLE GROVE. Sci. agric. [online]. 1997, vol.54, n.1-2, pp. 85-88. ISSN 0103-9016. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-90161997000100012.
Africanized honeybees from five colonies were marked with P-32 and taken to an apple grove for a flight behavior study. The method used to determine the flight range was to put out an array of tagged trees in a cross pattern with the colonies arranged in the center point of a 0.8 ha test area. The tagged trees were located 10 meters apart in the 4 rows of 50 meters each, arranged according to the North, South, East, and West directions. Bees were collected while visiting the tagged tree flowers twice a day, during a ten-day period. The number of honeybees marked decreased in relation to the distance from the hives. Analysis of variance showed that a linear regression was highly significant to describe the process. Geographic directions did not affect the activity of the bees.
Keywords : honeybees; flight range; radiophosphorus.