Vol. 18 No. 2 (2012)
Articles

Comparison of honeybee behaviour in blooming fruit plantations

Published July 26, 2012
P. Benedek
University of West Hungary, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Science, Mosonmagyaróvár, Vár 4.
J. Nyéki
University of Debrecen, Centre for Agricultural and Applied Economic Sciences, 4032 Debrecen, Böszörményi út 138.
T. Szabó
Research and Extension Station of Fruit Growing Ltd., 4244 Újfehértó, Vadastag 2.,
C. Konrád-Németh
Gyümölcskert Ltd., 8800 Nagykanizsa, Csengery út 90.
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Benedek, P., Nyéki, J., Szabó, T., & Konrád-Németh, C. (2012). Comparison of honeybee behaviour in blooming fruit plantations. International Journal of Horticultural Science, 18(2), 147-151. https://doi.org/10.31421/IJHS/18/2/1056

Field observations were made on the fl ower visiting behaviour of honeybee foragers in commercial fruit plantations of apricot, Japanese plums, sour cherry, apple and pear. The number of inspected cultivars was 18. The intensity of fl ower visiting by honey bees was markedly different when data of different fruit species are compared. Most intense bee activity was registered on the Japanese plums, somewhat less on apricots, the intensity diminished signifi cantly with apples and pears. Our data presented on the honeybee visitation of Japanese plums can be regarded as new fi nding because no information has been available so far on the relative attractiveness of this fruit species compared to European fruit tree species. Japanese plums were somewhat more attractive to honeybees than apricot and much more attractive than sour cherry, apple and pear. The behaviour of honeybees as visiting the blooming trees displayed specifi c differences according to the fruit species (apricot, sour cherry, pear), which coincide largely with earlier results. It is notable that the fl ower visiting behaviour of honeybees on Japanese plums has been found to be fairly similar to the same on European plums.

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