First record of the stingless bee Lestrimelitta rufa (Friese) (Hymenoptera: Apidae: Meliponini) in NE Brazil and its cleptobiotic behavior


  • Valdenio Mendes Mascena Universidade Federal do Ceará
  • David Silva Nogueira Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia
  • Celso Moreira Silva Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia do Ceará, Campus Crato
  • Breno Magalhães Freitas Universidade Federal do Ceará



Robber bee, Melipona quinquefasciata, ethology, inquiline bee


The aim of this study was to expand occurrence records of Lestrimelitta rufa (Friese, 1903) to the Brazilian Northeast and to document the cleptobiotic behavior of this robber species in colonies of Melipona quinquefasciata Lepeletier, 1836. Two attacks were carried out in a meliponary in the county of Barbalha (Ceará, Brazil), where pot and larval food were sacked. Even with direct confrontation between invading and inquiline bees, there was a total loss of one of the attacked nests because robber workers remained insistently in search of resources of these nests during the attacks.


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Mascena, V. M., Nogueira, D. S., Silva, C. M., & Freitas, B. M. (2017). First record of the stingless bee Lestrimelitta rufa (Friese) (Hymenoptera: Apidae: Meliponini) in NE Brazil and its cleptobiotic behavior. Sociobiology, 64(3), 359–362.



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