Intra- and interspecific nestmate recognition in Melipona workers (Hymenoptera: Apidae)

Michael D. Breed, Robert Page

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Abstract

The possible significance of nestmate recognition in prevention of robbing and parasitism in three species of stingless bees was assessed. Nestmate discrimination abilities vary among them; Melipona quadrifasciata workers attacked 74% of nonnestmate conspecifics that were encountered, while M. scutellaris and M. rufiventris were less discriminating, attacking only 14 and 60% of non-nestmates, respectively. In tests of interspecific interactions, M. quadrifasciata and M. scutellaris were the least mutually tolerant of all species pairs tested. Tests with Apis mellifera showed a high degree of intolerance by two of the three Melipona species.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)463-469
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Insect Behavior
Volume4
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1991
Externally publishedYes

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Melipona quadrifasciata
nestmate recognition
Melipona
Apidae
Melipona scutellaris
Hymenoptera
robbing
stingless bees
Apis mellifera
parasitism
interspecific interaction
testing
bee
test

Keywords

  • Apis mellifera
  • Melipona
  • nestmate recognition
  • stingless bees

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Insect Science
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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Intra- and interspecific nestmate recognition in Melipona workers (Hymenoptera : Apidae). / Breed, Michael D.; Page, Robert.

In: Journal of Insect Behavior, Vol. 4, No. 4, 07.1991, p. 463-469.

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Breed, Michael D. ; Page, Robert. / Intra- and interspecific nestmate recognition in Melipona workers (Hymenoptera : Apidae). In: Journal of Insect Behavior. 1991 ; Vol. 4, No. 4. pp. 463-469.
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