Flight activities of Africanized honey bee (Apis mellifera L.) drones were compared with those of two color morphs of European drones in Venezuela. European drones departed from colonies 19 +/- (mean +/- SEM) min earlier, and flight times were more variable than those of Africanized drones. Mean flight time differences decreased as the drones aged and were similar whether drones were flying from Africanized or European colonies. Overlap of their flight distributions was > 70%, which suggests that interbreeding of the two types of bees will be substantial under most natural conditions. Black and yellow European drones flew at similar times with similar variances, which precludes the idea that flight time differences are due to body color.
- Apis melifera drones,
- Africanized bees,
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