Trapping of feral honey bee workers (Hymenoptera : Apidae) in a coastal prairie landscape: effects of season and vegetation type Academic Article uri icon


  • AbstractWe examined capture rates of honey bee workers (Apis mellifera L.) throughout the year and compared capture rates among four different vegetation communities. Capture rates varied throughout the year, with the largest number of bees collected from December through February, when nectar and pollen availability were low. Capture rates also varied among vegetation communities. Traps located in the woodland community contained fewer honey bees than those located in live oak in February and live oak and brushland in December, corresponding to lower estimates of nectar availability in the woodland. Few honey bees were collected during swarming periods, suggesting that most of the captured honey bees were searching for food sources. The number of honey bees collected in the traps provided a qualitative estimate of food resource availability. The traps also may be used to collect insects for genetic analysis or to examine the spatial and temporal distribution of other species.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Baum, K. A., Rubink, W. L., & Coulson, R. N.

citation count

  • 4

complete list of authors

  • Baum, KA||Rubink, WL||Coulson, RN

publication date

  • April 2006