What's in that package? An evaluation of quality of package honey bee (Hymenoptera: Apidae) shipments in the United States.

@article{Strange2008WhatsIT,
  title={What's in that package? An evaluation of quality of package honey bee (Hymenoptera: Apidae) shipments in the United States.},
  author={James P. Strange and Richard P Cicciarelli and Nicholas W. Calderone},
  journal={Journal of economic entomology},
  year={2008},
  volume={101 3},
  pages={668-73}
}
To replace deceased colonies or to increase the colony numbers, beekeepers often purchase honey bees, Apis mellifera L., in a package, which is composed of 909-1,364 g (2-3 lb) of worker bees and a mated queen. Packages are typically produced in warm regions of the United States in spring and shipped throughout the United States to replace colonies that perished during winter. Although the package bee industry is effective in replacing colonies lost in winter, packages also can be an effective… CONTINUE READING

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