Seasonal incidence of Greater wax moth, Galleria mellonella Linnaeus in Apis mellifera colonies in ecological condition of Hisar
Lalita, Yogesh Kumar and Sunita Yadav
The experiment was carried out during November 2015-2016 to October 2016-2017 at Research farm, Apiary and Apiculture Laboratory of the Department of Entomology, Chaudhary Charan SinghHaryana Agricultural University, Hisar. Four colonies of different bee frame strengths (4, 6, 8 and 10 frame) were selected. The population of wax moth fluctuated every month of both years. Seasonal incidence of Galleria mellonella was stated from the April and the highest number of wax moth population was recorded in July after that population decline till March. Least number of Greater wax moth larvae, pupae and adults were recorded in March in all frame strength during both the years of study. There was no population of larva, pupa and adult of Galleria mellonella was recorded during February to March in colony with 10 frame strength of both the year 2016 and 2017. Population of GWM was recorded highest in colony with 4- frame strength followed by 6, 8 and 10- frame strength.