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Acta Amazonica

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CARVALHO, Carlos Alfredo Lopes de et al. Five egg-laying queens in a single colony of brazilian stingless bees (Melipona scutellaris Latreille. Acta Amaz. [online]. 2011, vol.41, n.1, pp.123-126. ISSN 0044-5967.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0044-59672011000100014.

Polygyny, characterized by the presence of several egg-laying queens, is considered as a temporary colony status. In stingless bees it is rarely observed. This paper reports the first case of natural polygyny in Melipona scutellaris colony, with five egg-laying queens.

Keywords : Meliponini; "uruçu" stingless bee; physogastric queens.

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