Journal of Insect Behavior

, Volume 28, Issue 3, pp 297–302 | Cite as

Nesting Behavior and Colony Description of the Neotropical Bombus (Thoracobombus) brevivillus in Northeastern Brazil

  • Mikail Olinda de Oliveira
  • Marcelo Casimiro Cavalcante
  • Breno Magalhães Freitas


Here we describe for the first time the nesting behavior and the colony of Bombus (Thoracobombus) brevivillus, a Neotropical species native only to South America. We discovered and observed seven B. brevivillus colonies between August and September 2012 in the state of Ceará, NE Brazil. Observations showed that B. brevivillus seems to be opportunistic in relation to nesting sites and brood protection, even though there is meager investment in nest building and offspring protection. Observations suggest that may be young B. brevivillus colonies invest strongly in brood production and colony development, before reproducing. More studies are necessary to evaluate the feasibility of captivity breeding of this species.


Colony size tropical bumble bee nesting defense nest traits 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mikail Olinda de Oliveira
    • 1
  • Marcelo Casimiro Cavalcante
    • 1
    • 2
  • Breno Magalhães Freitas
    • 1
  1. 1.Departmento de ZootecniaUniversidade Federal do CearáFortalezaBrazil
  2. 2.Unidade Acadêmica de Serra TalhadaUniversidade Federal Rural de PernambucoSerra TalhadaBrazil

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