Predator-prey interaction between drones of Apis mellifera carnica and insectivorous birds

Kärcher, Martin, Biedermann, Peter H W, Hrassnigg, Norbert and Crailsheim, Karl (2008) Predator-prey interaction between drones of Apis mellifera carnica and insectivorous birds. Apidologie, 39 (3). pp. 302-309. ISSN 0044-8435

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Abstract

Large offers of food usually do not remain unexploited in nature. For that reason several mechanisms have evolved to counteract predation, such as congregating in masses or producing a repellent substance. We investigated whether drones are preyed upon in any specific way by two swallow species, Hirundo rustica or Delichon urbica, in their drone congregation areas. Our results clearly showed that the birds preyed upon drones extremely sporadically and not in a specific way. Hence, the results have decisive consequences for apiculture, especially for the evolution of drone accumulation in congregation areas.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Apis mellifera; queen losses; drone congregation area; swallow; predation
Schools and Departments: School of Life Sciences > Biology and Environmental Science
Depositing User: Martin Kaercher
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2012 10:03
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2012 12:07
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/37906
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