Effects of inconvenient measurements of Langstroth hive on the sudanese honeybee activities
FAIZA HAMED EL-NIL MUSA ALI AKASHA, University of Bahri, Sudan
Purpose: Study aimed to highlight the variations of comb-space and bee-space by adapting the natural measurements to improve faults and rectify the existing equipments used by the natives.
Design/Methodology/Approach: Surveys were made to collect field data measurements from natural nests sites and Langstroth hive. Honeybee colonies were equipped as follow: Group (A) extrapolated results of natural nests sites. Group (B) extrapolated results from the native modern apiaries. Group (C) standard Langstroth hives.
Findings: Colonies of group (A) super passed the other tested colonies in all the colony activities and showed complete colony settlement 100% compared with colonies of group (B) and (C) which was showed settlement 75% and with less production. Colonies of groups (B) and (C) built badly and double constructed combs. Colonies of group (C) built an extra burr combs beside wax foundation sheets.
Originality/Value: Colonies promoting and settlement strongly correlated with extrapolated natural nests measurements.
Keywords: honeybee; Langstroth hive; comb; bee-space; natural nest; hive-space; Sudan.