Foraging Duration and Intensity of Apis mellifera L.


  • Riju Nath Department of Entomology, Uttar Banga Krishi Viswavidyalaya, Pundibari 736165, West Bengal, India.
  • Samrat Saha Department of Entomology, Uttar Banga Krishi Viswavidyalaya, Pundibari 736165, West Bengal, India.
  • Puran Pokhrel Department of Entomology, Uttar Banga Krishi Viswavidyalaya, Pundibari 736165, West Bengal, India.
  • Nripendra Laskar Department of Entomology, Uttar Banga Krishi Viswavidyalaya, Pundibari 736165, West Bengal, India.



Honey Bee, Apis mellifera L., Foraging Activity, Duration, Intensity, Exit, Entry, Standard Week, Weather Parameters, Correlation, Terai Region, West Bengal.


An experiment was conducted in the apiary of Uttar Banga Krishi Viswavidyalaya, Pundibari during 2019. For study, six strong Apis mellifera L. colonies of similar strength were used. A positive and significant correlation of temperature (maximum and minimum) and relative humidity (minimum) with the foraging duration was found. During the cooler months both foraging duration and foraging intensity was minimum and increased later on. Foraging activity was highly affected by rainfall. The mean foraging duration of foragers throughout the year was 11.85± 1.79 hrs/ day. The 25 th standard week was recorded with maximum foraging duration, viz. 14.22 hrs. Foraging intensity was low during initial hours but increased in later hours. Foraging intensity was very less in initial weeks and very high in 10 th to 25 th standard weeks at all the three intervals.


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Nath, R., Saha, S., Pokhrel, P., & Laskar, N. (2023). Foraging Duration and Intensity of <i>Apis mellifera</i> L. Indian Journal of Entomology, 86(1), 176–179.



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