Behaviour of drones in Melipona (Apidae, Meliponinae)

  title={Behaviour of drones in Melipona (Apidae, Meliponinae)},
  author={Johan van Veen and Marinus J. Sommeijer and F. J. A. J. Meeuwsen},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
Summary: The behaviour of drones of different species of Melipona was studied in Costa Rica and on Tobago. Drones of all species behaved very similarly. The intranidal behavioural analysis indicates that drones spent most time on standing, walking, stirring the antennae and self-grooming. The only "typical worker behaviour", occasionally performed by 16 to 18 days old drones of Melipona, was the participation in nectar dehydrating. The age-relatedness and location in the nest where a behaviour… 

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