Studies on pollen sources for Apis cerana Fabr and Apis mellifera L bees at Muzaffarpur, Bihar, IndiaM.C. Suryanarayana, G. Mohana Rao and TSMS Singh
Khadi and Village Industries Commission, Central Bee Research and Training Institute, 1153 Ganeshkhind Road, Pune 411016, India
Abstract - At Muzaffarpur, Bihar, in northern India, a total of 40 and 48 plant species served as pollen sources to Apis cerana Fabr and A mellifera L respectively. The major, medium and minor pollen sources were identified. The peak in pollen availability was observed from January to May and again in November. The dearth period was July-August in this area. The main differences in pollen foraging between 2 honey bee species were noted. Each of the species had 13 anemophilous plant species as sources of pollen.
Key words: Apis mellifera / Apis cerana / pollen plant / foraging / India