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Navneet Kaur Dhaliwal Jaspal Singh Pardeep K. Chhuneja

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Comparative evaluation of Doolittle, Karl Jenter and Cupkit techniques of Apis mellifera Linnaeus queen bee rearing was done during spring (mid February- mid April 2013) breeding season. The highest acceptance of cell cups (66.00 %), queen cells raising (64.00 %), their sealing (60.67 %) and emergence of gynes (54.67 %) was recorded in Cupkit apparatus. Maximum weight of newly emerged gyne was recorded in Doolittle method in plastic cell cups (212.36 mg), while the mean weight was 184.96 mg in case of Cupkit apparatus. Overall, Cupkit proved to be the best option for queen bee rearing because of its better performance in terms of acceptance of larvae (66.00 %) and the number of successfully produced gynes i.e. 16 queens/colony/cycle of 12 days.

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Keywords

Apis mellifera, Cupkit, Doolittle grafting method, Karl Jenter, Queen cell cups

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Dhaliwal, N. K., Singh, J., & Chhuneja, P. K. (2017). Comparative evaluation of Doolittle, Cupkit and Karl Jenter techniques for rearing Apis mellifera Linnaeus queen bees during breeding season. Journal of Applied and Natural Science, 9(3), 1658-1661. https://doi.org/10.31018/jans.v9i3.1417
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