Recover and They’ll Come: Flower Visiting Bees Benefit from the Continuous of Micro-Environments Set by Regenerating Forest Fragments


  • Ana Isabel Sobreiro Federal University of Grande Dourados
  • Lucas Lopes da Silveira Peres Federal University of Lavras
  • Jessica Amaral Henrique Federal University of Grande Dourados
  • Rosilda Mara Mussury Federal University of Grande Dourados
  • Valter Vieira Alves-Junior Federal University of Grande Dourados



Secondary forest, Climate conditions, Atlantic forest, Pollinating bees, Regeneration forest


Forest habitats are important sources of food and nesting resources for pollinators, primarily in urban areas and landscapes with intense agricultural activity. The forest fragmentation and environmental changes occurring in these green refuges are known to impose survival challenges to pollinating bees, leading to species loss. However, it is not well known how the species of bees that visit flowers are distributed in forest micro-environments. To fill this gap, we sampled flower visiting bees in a continuous forest matrix with micro-environments of two forest types (mature and regenerating forest). We examined how the local environmental changes and climatic conditions affect the composition and uniformity of bee communities in the different micro-environments. Our results indicated that both abundance and richness were similar between forest types studied here, however climatic conditions and plant flowering patterns affect the composition of bees. Thus, our results demonstrated that the continuous micro-environments can favor floral visits and the reintegration of bee communities, and still, that this strategy can be used to minimize the impacts of environmental changes at local scales.


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Author Biographies

Ana Isabel Sobreiro, Federal University of Grande Dourados

Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences

Lucas Lopes da Silveira Peres, Federal University of Lavras

Department of Entomology

Jessica Amaral Henrique, Federal University of Grande Dourados

Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences

Rosilda Mara Mussury, Federal University of Grande Dourados

Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences

Valter Vieira Alves-Junior, Federal University of Grande Dourados

Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences


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Sobreiro, A. I., Peres, L. L. da S., Henrique, J. A., Mussury, R. M., & Alves-Junior, V. V. (2021). Recover and They’ll Come: Flower Visiting Bees Benefit from the Continuous of Micro-Environments Set by Regenerating Forest Fragments. Sociobiology, 68(1), e5861.



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