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Volume 23, Number 1, 1992
Page(s) 33 - 46
Apidologie 23 (1992) 33-46
DOI: 10.1051/apido:19920104

Studies on pollen sources for Apis cerana Fabr and Apis mellifera L bees at Muzaffarpur, Bihar, India

M.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