Glass-paned observation hives were used to study the behavior of nestcleaning in American Foulbrood-resistant honey bees. Transplanted-dead brood in comb inserts was used to determine the rate of removal of dead brood. Dead brood located within the brood nest was removed faster than dead brood located in other areas. Strong nectar flow appeared to exert a positive influence on the rate of removal of dead brood. Comparisons made between the responses of honey bees toward brood killed by American Foulbrood and brood killed by hydrogen cyanide showed inconsistencies that indicate the possibility of unknown environmental factors.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
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Borchers, Harold A.
"Some Factors Affecting the Nest-Cleaning Behavior of Honey Bees (Apis mellifera),"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 77(1), 210-218.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/pias/vol77/iss1/32