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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2019.8(6): 955-959
DOI: https://doi.org/10.20546/ijcmas.2019.806.115


Weed Flora, A Rich Foraging Source for Little/Dwarf Bee Apis florea Fabricius (Hymenoptera: Apidae) in Madurai District, Tamil Nadu
A. Vidhya*, K. Suresh, C. Chinniah, V. Krishnamoorthy and M. Shanthi
Department of Agricultural Entomology, Agricultural College and Research Institute (TNAU), Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India Horticultural Research Station, Thadiyankudisai, India
*Corresponding author
Abstract:

Beekeeping industry, is one of the important agricultural and forest based rural industries in India, which mainly involves in large scale production of honey and related products, besides they play a vital role in pollination of various crops. Beekeeping is entirely dependent on the types of flowering plants available in any given area. It is not only the total abundance, that is important, but also the duration of time for which bee forage is available. The present study was conducted at Agricultural College & Research Institute, Madurai (TNAU) for a period of one year ( May 2018 to April 2019) to identify the existing bee flora and to determine honey flow and honey dearth period and to develop the floral calendar for Apis florea. The flowering plants were observed for the activities of honey bees and their foraging behaviour. The study revealed that A. florea was found to forage on various group of species among them namely, weed species dominated the floral preference.


Keywords: Apisflorea, Weed flora, Beekeeping, Floral calendar and Bee forage
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Vidhya, A., K. Suresh, C. Chinniah, V. Krishnamoorthy and Shanthi, M. 2019. Weed Flora, A Rich Foraging Source for Little/Dwarf Bee Apis florea Fabricius (Hymenoptera: Apidae) in Madurai District, Tamil Nadu.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 8(6): 955-959. doi: https://doi.org/10.20546/ijcmas.2019.806.115