Insectes Sociaux

, Volume 49, Issue 1, pp 38–40

Does the queen of Plebeia remota (Hymenoptera, Apidae, Meliponini) stimulate her workers to start brood cell construction after winter?

  • M. de F. Ribeiro

DOI: 10.1007/s00040-002-8276-0

Cite this article as:
de F. Ribeiro, M. Insectes soc. (2002) 49: 38. doi:10.1007/s00040-002-8276-0


In stingless bees the Provisioning and Oviposition Process (POP) is quite complicated, involving several interactions between queen and workers. Plebeia remota nests typically stop cell construction and oviposition in fall and winter. However, little is known about the phenomenon. In order to investigate the role of queen and workers in the starting of cell construction after this interruption of activity, 9 pairs of P. remota colonies were used. Queens of active colonies were placed into inactive colonies and vice versa. The results showed that workers control brood cell construction in this colony phase. The queen seems to have little or no influence on this decision.

Key words: Brood cell construction, winter inactivity, Plebeia remota, stingless bees.

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© Birkhäuser Verlag, 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. de F. Ribeiro
    • 1
  1. 1.Dep. of Ecology, IB - University of São Paulo, R. do Matão, trav. 14, n. 321, 05508-900 São Paulo, Brazil, e-mail: BR