T2M Develop an attractant specific to A cerana Java strain


The project presented here intent to pursue 3 objective: Objective 1 will allow to determine if whether or not it is possible to improve spontaneous visit rate of feeding station by giving them more flower like characteristic. It will allow for the determination of what modifications need to be introduced to limit access to Apis cerana to the exclusion of Apis melifera. Objective 2 will determine if the use of odorant from Lychee, Mad Hatter or Coral Vine can improve spontaneous visitation and recruitment rate of baited station. Objective 3 will determine the attractiveness of Cymbidium Floribundum and its hybrid Miss Muffet to Apis cerana javana. Objective 3 will also allow the determination of the chemical composition of the semiochemical produced by this orchids and thus allow the development of new trapping methods and improvement of the spontaneous attractiveness of the baited station.


Honey Bee

Research Organisation

The University of Newcastle

Objective Summary

1. Trial of coloured Fipronil bait stations with flowerlike characteristics to increase the number of spontaneous visits by Apis cerana at the exclusion of Apis mellifera. 2. Test the efficiency of odorants from Lychee, Mad Hatter or Coral Vine as an attractant for Apis cerana to bait station. 3. Evaluate the attractiveness of Cymbidium Floribundum and its hybrid Miss Muffet to Apis cerana javana Throughout our experimentation we will examines whether or not chemical lures are attractive to native bees and other non target species and whether grids would be useful at keeping them away from the baited stations.

Project Code


Project Stage


Project Start Date

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Project Completion Date

Friday, February 27, 2015

Journal Articles From Project

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National Priority

Safeguarding Australia

National Priority


National Priority

HBE-Improve understanding of nutrition best practice and disease interaction


Related publications


Attractant and preference of Apis cerana Java