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

  • Clara Tavares Lourenço
  • Stephan Malfitano Carvalho
  • Osmar Malaspina
  • Roberta Cornélio Ferreira Nocelli
Article

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 bee Ecotoxicology Pesticide LC50 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Clara Tavares Lourenço
    • 1
  • Stephan Malfitano Carvalho
    • 2
  • Osmar Malaspina
    • 2
  • Roberta Cornélio Ferreira Nocelli
    • 1
  1. 1.Centro de Ciências Agrárias (CCA)Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCar)ArarasBrazil
  2. 2.Centro de Estudos de Insetos Sociais (CEIS)Universidade Estadual Paulista “Júlio de Mesquita Filho” (UNESP)Rio ClaroBrazil

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