4.2. Relationship between foragers and their hives

It may be necessary to determine whether the bees in a part of a crop are coming from a particular hive or hives. This might be of interest when manipulations of colonies are carried out to alter honey bee foraging behaviour that cannot be detected by studying foragers as they return to their hive. It might also be used to determine where in a crop bees from particular colonies are foraging. There are several methods of achieving this.