Effect of Sugar solution feeding as an artificial diet on colonies of Apis mellifera L. In relation to survival and storage during Dearth period
Satya Prakash Singh Tomar and Y.P. Singh
During dearth period May to July, causes major drawback in feeding and resulted colonies collapse in vocational beekeeping. The temperature was recorded high 48o c during this period, thus, it was very difficult to honey bees to collect food. All colonies make with 10 frame be strength at the beginning of dearth period and these all were fed by artificial diet (Sugar solution and pollen substances) and it were recorded that the 7.8, 6.2,4.4 and 3.3 frame bee strength after passing dearth period, in case these all were fed at 1,2,3 and 4 week intervals, respectively. Apis mellifera colonies were fed with 500g sugar solution (1:1sugar and water) during dearth period may to July and it was very effective and beneficial for bee colonies. All those colonies, whom artificial diet was not provided timely, could survive till last week of June and then there were dwindled in first week of July.
Satya Prakash Singh Tomar, Y.P. Singh. Effect of Sugar solution feeding as an artificial diet on colonies of Apis mellifera L. In relation to survival and storage during Dearth period. J Entomol Zool Stud 2014;2(4):265-267.