The study was carried out within the framework of the evaluation of the melliferous potentialities of the natural reserve of Cechi in the Department of Agboville (South-East, Ivory Coast). For this purpose, thirty worker bees were taken from each of the hives installed for the occasion, according to their coloration and shape, and then preserved in 70% ethanol. The bees are dissected and described according to the classical morphometry. Nineteen characters were selected for the study according to their apicultural importance and zoological significance. The size of the different characters is determined on graph paper with a magnifying glass. For tiny sizes the organ is photographed and projected on a computer for precise measurements. The bees have an average length of 13.23±1.11 mm, a negative discoidal transgression and an average cubital index of 1.70±0.15. These values are consistent with individuals of Apis mellifera mellifera. Substituting for the length of the hind legs, proboscis and wings, the honeybees studied are good foragers and honey producers.
Kouame Koffi Felix, Akpesse Akpa Alexandre, Diby Yao Séraphin, Kassi N’dja Justin. Morphometric characteristics of honeybees in the cechi nature reserve in the department of agboville (south-east, Ivory Coast). International Journal of Food Science and Nutrition, Volume 6, Issue 3, 2021, Pages 120-127