Winter weight from different subspecies of honey bee Apis mellifera colonies (Linnaeus, 1758) in southwestern Sweden

SND-ID: 2021-240

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Alternative title

Winter weight data in honey bees

Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Niclas Norrström - University of Skövde, School of Bioscience orcid

Mats Niklasson - Nordens Ark Wild Life Park orcid

Sonja Leidenberger - University of Skövde, School of Bioscience orcid

Description

Honey bees are currently facing mounting pressures that have resulted in population declines in many parts of the world. In northern climates winter is a bottleneck for honey bees and a thorough understanding of the colonies’ ability to withstand the winter is needed in order to protect the bees from further decline. In this study the influence of weather variables on colony weight loss was studied over one winter (2019-2020) in two apiaries (32 colonies in total) in southwestern Sweden with weather stations recording wind, temperature, humidity and precipitation at 5-min intervals. Three subspecies of honey bees and one hybrid were studied: the native Apis mellifera mellifera, the Italian A. m. ligustica, the Carniolan A. m. carnica and the hybrid Buckfast. Additionally, we recorded Varroa mite infestation.
To analyze factors involved in resource consumption, three modelling approaches using weather and weight data were developed: the first links daily consumption rates with environmental variables, the second modelled the cumulative weight change over time, and the third estimated weight ch

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Language

English

Research principal, contributors, and funding

Research principal

University of Skövde

Funding

  • Funding agency: EU-financed INTERREG Sweden-Norway programme - European Structural and Investment Funds in Sweden (2014-2020)
  • Funding agency's reference number: 20201923
  • Project name on the application: BIstånd till nordiska bin - unik resurs för framtidens ekosystemtjänster
Protection and ethical review

Data contains personal data

No

Method

Time period(s) investigated

2019-10-26–2020-03-15

Biobank is connected to the study

The study has collected samples/material which are stored in a scientific collection or biobank

Scientific collection or biobank name: Swedish Museum of Natural History

Type(s) of sample: bee material (Nos. NHRS-HEVA000017564-17579 Uddevalla, NHRS-HEVA000017580-17611 NordensArk)

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Publications

Norrström, N., Niklasson, M. and Leidenberger, S. (2021). Winter weight loss of different subspecies of honey bee Apis mellifera colonies (Linnaeus, 1758) in southwestern Sweden, PLoS ONE
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0258398

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Data of winter weight from different subspecies of honey bee Apis mellifera colonies (Linnaeus, 1758) in southwestern Sweden

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Citation

Niclas Norrström, Mats Niklasson, Sonja Leidenberger. University of Skövde, School of Bioscience (2021). <em>Data of winter weight from different subspecies of honey bee Apis mellifera colonies (Linnaeus, 1758) in southwestern Sweden</em>. Swedish National Data Service. Version 1. <a href="https://doi.org/10.5878/987y-d292">https://doi.org/10.5878/987y-d292</a>

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Numeric

Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Niclas Norrström - University of Skövde, School of Bioscience orcid

Mats Niklasson - Nordens Ark Wild Life Park orcid

Sonja Leidenberger - University of Skövde, School of Bioscience orcid

Data collection

  • Description of the mode of collection: Weight loss of honey bees with help of a scale system the beehives were placed on
  • Time period(s) for data collection: 2019-10-26–2020-03-15
  • Instrument: Scale system with weather station Wolf-Waage - model ApiGraph 3.1 and model ApiWeather-RF6, Wolf-Waagen GmbH & Co, Germany

Variables

12

License

Creative Commons  Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)
Published: 2021-10-14