STUDY OF FORAGING BEHAVIOR OF APIS CERANA DURING SUMMER IN SUNDARBAZAR, LAMJUNG, NEPAL
Prabin. K. Poudel, Binaya Baral, Richa Shah, Rajkumar K.C, N.B Singh
Apis cerana forages for around 10 hours/day, starting early in the morning and ending late at night. A study was undertaken in an apiary in Sundarbazar, from March-May 2021 to measure the foraging activity. At 8a.m, 11a.m, 1p.m, and 4p.m, number of bees leaving and entering hives with and without pollen for a minute in four different beehives were recorded. According to the observation, there was a significant difference in bee behavior (P0.01) between the time treatments. Pollen-carrying bees entered the hive in greater numbers at 1 p.m, 11 a.m, which was statistically equal to 4 p.m, and least at 8 a.m. Similarly, at 1 p.m., the number of bee leaving and entering the hive without pollen was much greater, followed by 11 a.m. which was statistically equivalent to 4 p.m, and 8 a.m, which had the least. The highest mean value of bee movement was found in May.
Beehives, Forage, Pollen, Honey.