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Insectes Sociaux

, Volume 46, Issue 1, pp 92–93 | Cite as

Behavioural data on the production of males by workers in the stingless bee Melipona favosa (Apidae, Meliponinae)

  • M. J. Sommeijer
  • T. X. Chinh
  • F. J. A. J. Meeuwsen

Summary:

Male production was studied in four queenright M. favosa colonies by permanent and long duration observation of egg-laying and subsequent bee emergence. Workers produced males in all colonies; they produced 94.5% of all males.

Key words:Melipona, laying workers, male production, sexuals. 

Copyright information

© Birkhäuser Verlag, 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. J. Sommeijer
    • 1
  • T. X. Chinh
    • 1
  • F. J. A. J. Meeuwsen
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Social Insects, Utrecht University, P.O. Box 80.086, NL-3508 TB Utrecht, The Netherlands, e-mail: m.j.sommeijer@pobox.accu.uu.nl NL

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