Authors : Mate D. M.
Page Nos : 172-176
Studies on pollen analysis of rock bee honey were undertaken during winter season in Kuhee area of Nagpur District in Maharashtra. A total of six rock bee honey samples were collected. A total of 31 plant species served as pollen and nectar sources to honey bees (Apis dorsata). The main pollen and nectar sources consisted of Capsicum annuum L. ,Tinospora cordifolia (Willd) Miers. ex Hk. f.and Thoms, Helianthus annuus L ., Hyptis suaveolens (L.) Poit , Lagascea mollis Cav., Lathyrus sativus L. , Carthamus tinctorius L. , Tridax procumbens L ., Sphaeranthus indicus L ., Sonchus oleraceus L ., Ailanthus excelsa Roxb ., and Coriandrum sativum L. The study reveals that this region has potentiality for bee keeping and therefore, the knowledge of the floral wealth of this region is important for its maximum exploitation.
Keywords: Bee forage, Apis dorsata, Kuhee area, District Nagpur, Maharashtra.