Insectes Sociaux

, Volume 49, Issue 2, pp 111–113 | Cite as

First record of emergency queen rearing in stingless bees (Hymenoptera, Apinae, Meliponini)

  • C.D. Faustino
  • E.V. Silva-Matos
  • S. Mateus
  • R. Zucchi

Summary:

This paper presents the first record of emergency queen rearing in stingless bees. The main steps of the event in Trigona (Frieseomelitta) varia (Lepeletier) queenless colonies are: 1) construction and provisioning of an auxiliary cell in close contact to that housing a late feeding-stage larva; 2) construction of a connection between the two cells; 3) ingestion of food stored in the auxiliary cell by the larva via this connection; 4) dismantling of the empty auxiliary cell by the workers; 5) gradual restructuring of the cell containing the extra-fed larva into a royal cell; 6) emergence of the imago after 25 days. In one case, the new gyne started ovipositing at 19 days old.

Key words: Meliponini, Frieseomelitta varia, gyne production. 

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© Birkhäuser Verlag, 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • C.D. Faustino
    • 1
  • E.V. Silva-Matos
    • 1
  • S. Mateus
    • 1
  • R. Zucchi
    • 1
  1. 1.Departamento de Biologia, Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto, Universidade de São Paulo, 14040-901 Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brasil, e-mail: rzucchi@ffclrp.usp.brBR

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