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Volume 26, Number 1, 1995
Page(s) 61 - 65
Apidologie 26 (1995) 61-65
DOI: 10.1051/apido:19950108

Piping by queens of Apis cerana Fabricius 1793 and Apis koschevnikovi v Buttel-Reepen 1906

G.W. Otisa, K. Pattona and S. Tingekb

a  Department of Environmental Biology, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, N1G2W1, Canada
b  Honey Bee Research Section, Agricultural Research Station, Peti Surat 197, 89909 Tenom, Sabah, Malaysia

Abstract - Piping queens of Apis cerana and A koschevnikovi were recorded in Sabah, Malaysia. The tooting calls of the 2 species were similar and consisted of a single continuous call lasting 2-5 s. In contrast, A mellifera queens give a 1-2 s tone followed by several shorter tones. Quacking by an A koschevnikovi queen in a queen cell was very similar to the quacking reported for A mellifera except the tempo was more rapid (4.39 quacks/s vs 3.0 quacks/s).

Key words: queen piping / Apis cerana / Apis koschevnikovi