Acute Toxicity of Fipronil to the Stingless Bee Scaptotrigona postica Latreille

  • Cynthia Renata Oliveira JacobEmail author
  • Hellen Maria Soares
  • Stephan Malfitano Carvalho
  • Roberta Cornélio Ferreira Nocelli
  • Osmar Malaspina


Fipronil is an insecticide widely used to control a great number of pests, thus the aim of this study was to determine the lethal dose and lethal concentration (LD50 and LC50) of this insecticide to the stingless bees Scaptotrigona postica Latreille, 1807. The LD50 and LC50 values obtained after 24 h of exposition were of 0.54 ng a.i./bee and 0.24 ng a.i./μL diet, respectively. These values were considered highly toxic to stingless bees.


Phenylpyrazole Wild bee Lethal dose Lethal concentration 



This study was supported by the Fundação de Amparo a Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo/FAPESP, Brazil (grants 2010/03723-5).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cynthia Renata Oliveira Jacob
    • 1
    Email author
  • Hellen Maria Soares
    • 1
  • Stephan Malfitano Carvalho
    • 1
  • Roberta Cornélio Ferreira Nocelli
    • 2
  • Osmar Malaspina
    • 1
  1. 1.Departamento de Biologia, Centro de Estudos de Insetos SociaisUniv. Estadual Paulista (UNESP)Rio ClaroBrazil
  2. 2.Centro de Ciências AgráriasUniv. Federal de São CarlosArarasBrazil

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