Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology

, Volume 89, Issue 4, pp 921–924

Oral Toxicity of Fipronil Insecticide Against the Stingless Bee Melipona scutellaris (Latreille, 1811)

Authors

    • Centro de Ciências Agrárias (CCA)Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCar)
  • Stephan Malfitano Carvalho
    • Centro de Estudos de Insetos Sociais (CEIS)Universidade Estadual Paulista “Júlio de Mesquita Filho” (UNESP)
  • Osmar Malaspina
    • Centro de Estudos de Insetos Sociais (CEIS)Universidade Estadual Paulista “Júlio de Mesquita Filho” (UNESP)
  • Roberta Cornélio Ferreira Nocelli
    • Centro de Ciências Agrárias (CCA)Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCar)
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00128-012-0773-x

Cite this article as:
Lourenço, C.T., Carvalho, S.M., Malaspina, O. et al. Bull Environ Contam Toxicol (2012) 89: 921. doi:10.1007/s00128-012-0773-x

Abstract

For a better evaluation of the model using Apis mellifera in toxicology studies with insecticides, the oral acute toxicity of the insecticide fipronil against the stingless bee Melipona scutellaris was determined. The results showed that fipronil was highly toxic to M. scutellaris, with a calculated LC50 (48 h) value of 0.011 ng a.i./μL of sucrose solution and an estimated oral LD50 (48 h) of 0.6 ng a.i./bee. Our results showed that M. scutellaris bee is more sensitive to fipronil than the model specie A. mellifera.

Keywords

Uruçu beeEcotoxicologyPesticideLC50

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