Morphometric study of newly emerged unmated queens of honey bee Apis mellifera L. in Ismailia Governorate, Egypt

Publication Type  Journal Article
Year of Publication  2013
Authors  S.M. Kamel; M.A.M. Osman; M.F. Mahmoud; K.M. Mohamed; S.M. Abd Allah
Journal Title  Arthropods
Volume  22
Issue  2
Pages  80-88
Journal Date  06/2013
Short Title  Morphometric study of newly emerged unmated queens of honey bee Apis mellifera L. in Ismailia Governorate, Egypt
Publisher  International Academy of Ecology and Environmental Sciences
ISSN Number  2224-4255
Key Words  Apis mellifera; morphological characters; queen rearing; morphometric analysis

Recently, morphometric analysis is being a very good tool for identification of honey bee races and characterization of genetic materials. This fact has motivated the present work to investigate the effects of two grafting methods, three types of artificial queen wax cups and four periods of queen rearing on some morphological characters of newly emerged queens. The developed technique used in the present study depends on the integration between Scanner unit and Photoshop program, called Scan Photo Method (SPM). The measurements of 23 morphological characteristics of reared queens were estimated by using SPM. Results indicated significant differences between periods in the measurements of the studied characteristics on forewing such as cubital index, distance C, distance D, radial field, inner wing length, inner wing width, dumb bell index, distance I, II, III and IV, except cubital A and cubital B. Regarding the effects of cup types and grafting methods, data also revealed significant differences in all measurements of studied characteristics, except tibial length, hind wing length, cubital B, radial field and distance IV. Further works in this area were recommended to find out a relation between some morphometric characters and important of some quantitative characters.

DOI  DOI 10.0000/issn-2224-4255-arthropods-2013-v2-0011
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