• Honeybees (partly marked) on the edge of a brood frame
Chair of Behavioral Physiology & Sociobiology

Koeniger, Nikolaus

Prof. Dr. em. Nikolaus Koeniger

External Member
Zoology II / Scheiner lab
Universität Würzburg
Am Hubland
97074 Würzburg
Link: Scheiner lab
Portrait of Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Koeniger

Honey bee behaviour, brood care, defence, reproduction and phylogeny of Apis. Special emphasis on tropical honey bees, Apis andreniformis, Apis cerana, Apis dorsata, Apis florea, Apis koshevnikovi, Apis nuluensis and African subspecies of Apis mellifera. Research on biology of parasitic honey bee mites (Varroa spec., Euvarroa spec., Tropilaelaps spec.); new control methods and medications. Together with Dr. Gudrun Koeniger since 2011 development of a device (Varroa-Gate) to control horizontal transfer of Varroa destructor in co-operation with Bayer Animal Health.

  • Phylogeny of the Genus Apis Koeniger, Nikolaus; Koeniger, Gudrun; Smith, Deborah in Honeybees of Asia, H. R. Hepburn, S. E. Radloff (eds.) (2011). 23–50.
  • Description of a new cavity nesting species of Apis (Apis nuluensis n. sp.) from Sabah, Borneo, with notes on its occurrence and reproductive biology (Insecta: Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Apini) Tingek, S.; Koeniger, G.; Koeniger, N. in Senckenbergiana Biologica (1996). 76 (1/2) 115–119.
  • Straight forward to the queen: pursuing honeybee drones (Apis mellifera L.) adjust their body axis to the direction of the queen Gries, M.; Koeniger, N. in Journal of Comparative Physiology A (1996). 179(4) 539–544.
  • Social synchronization of the activity rhythms of honeybees within a colony Frisch, Brigitte; Koeniger, Nikolaus in Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology (1994). 35(2) 91–98.
  • Alarm pheromones of the sting in the genus Apis Koeniger, N.; Weiss, J.; Maschwitz, U. in Journal of Insect Physiology (1979). 25(6) 467–476.