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Labor division in Melipona compressipes fasciculata Smith (Hymenoptera: Apidae: Meliponinae)

Divisão de trabalho em Melipona compressipes fasciculata Smith (Hymenoptera: Apidae: Meliponinae)

Labor division in the stingless bee Melipona compressipes fasciculata Smith was analyzed and compared with that of other eusocial bees Meliponini and Trigonini. The results showed a sequence of activities which was similar to that of other stingless bees already studied, such as: grooming; cerumen work; cell construction; cleaning; the colony; provisioning and oviposition process; ventilation; enclosure gap; nectar reception; and foraging.

Insecta; Meliponini; stingless bees; division of labor; eusocial bees


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