Clustered male production by workers in the stingless bee Melipona subnitida Ducke (Apidae, Meliponinae)

@article{Koedam1999ClusteredMP,
  title={Clustered male production by workers in the stingless bee Melipona subnitida Ducke (Apidae, Meliponinae)},
  author={Dirk Koedam and Felipe Andr{\'e}s Le{\'o}n Contrera and Vera L{\'u}cia Imperatriz-Fonseca},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
  year={1999},
  volume={46},
  pages={387-391}
}
In stingless bees brood cells are sequentially filled with liquid larval food (mass-provisioning), upon which the queen lays an egg. Thereafter the cell is closed by a worker. This study showed that during these processes workers of Melipona subnitida regularly laid eggs that served as food for the queen. Occasionally cells were oviposited in and immediately closed by a worker. These cells always rendered males. Some of these reproductive workers were seen to lay a trophic egg as well. Cells… CONTINUE READING
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