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The Meliponini

  • Charles D. Michener
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Abstract

This chapter provides a general introduction to the tribe Meliponini or stingless bees. Their position within the Apoidea and within the Aculeata is briefly summarized in the section “Introduction.” The section on classification lists all genera and subgenera but does not list characters or provide for identification of taxa within the Meliponini. A section on biology is largely introductory to the sections on reproduction, foraging (including communication by successful foragers), foods (including foods unusual for bees, such as carrion, booty stolen from other nests by robbers, perspiration, tears from eyes, etc.), nests (including sites, construction materials, structure), defense, and history and phylogeny (including fossils, antiquity).

Keywords

Late Cretaceous Brood Cell Nest Entrance Nest Cavity Nest Construction 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Entomology, Natural History MuseumUniversity of KansasLawrenceUSA

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