A Scientific Note on a Stingless Bee Hive Model for Ecological and Behavioral Studies and for Environmental Education

Celso Barbieri, Gerson Luiz Pinheiro, Paula Marques Drago, Tiago Maurício Francoy

Abstract


Stingless bees (Apidae; Meliponini) occupy a great diversity of habitats in tropical and subtropical regions. They are eusocial and live in sessile colonies. Most meliponini species build nests in pre-existing cavities, such as tree hollows and stingless bee hive models imitate the conditions of natural nests. However, they are unwieldy for scientific studies, especially those focused on ecological and behavioral characteristics. We developed and tested a hive model that ensures clear visibility of the interior of the hive and facilitates ecological and behavioral studies and for environmental education. It successfully housed ten stingless bee species and one semi-social orchid bee species.

Keywords


Meliponini; Nesting Biology; Entomology; Beekeeping; Meliponiculture

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.13102/sociobiology.v66i1.3401

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