2016
DOI: 10.12741/ebrasilis.v9i1.456
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Repertoire of Defensive Behavior in Africanized Honey Bees (Hymenoptera – Apidae): Variations in Defensive Standard and Influence of Visual Stimuli

Abstract: Abstract. The Africanized honey bees (AHB) are known by the high productivity and tolerance against pathogens and parasites such Varroa destructor. Besides these beneficial characteristics, the AHB are considered highly defensive and generally urges caution in management. However, little is known about the behavioral aspects of AHB in Brazilian beekeeping. In this context, our objectives were to evaluate the repertoire of defensive behavior (DB) in AHB emphasizing the relevance of environmental and visual stim… Show more

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