Nesting Biology of the Solitary Ground-Nesting Bee Diadasina riparia (Apidae: Emphorini)




fossorial bee, Caatinga, oligolecty bees, nesting behavior


We described the nesting behavior and ecology of Diadasina riparia, from an urban dry forest fragment. The nests of D. riparia were shallow with circular entrance, closed by a mud plug, from which a straight vertical tunnel ending in one or more brood cells. Most females need one day for construction and provisioning the nest. The natural enemies were flies of Anthrax genus, the cleptoparasitic bees Leiopodus trochantericus, and Mutillidae wasp. The feature about the life history, nest architecture, materials used, pollen provisions behavior and associated organisms of this species allow the comparison with other emphorines species.


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Author Biographies

Herbeson Ovidio de Jesus Martins, Universidade de São Paulo

Departamento de Biologia

Gilson Paiva Amorim Junior, Universidade Federal do Vale do São Francisco

Colegiado de Ciências Biológicas

Vinina Silva Ferreira, Universidade Federal do Vale do São Francisco

Colegiado de Ciências Biológicas


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How to Cite

Martins, H. O. de J., Amorim Junior, G. P., Sabino, W. O., & Ferreira, V. S. (2021). Nesting Biology of the Solitary Ground-Nesting Bee Diadasina riparia (Apidae: Emphorini). Sociobiology, 68(4), e7123.



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