Colony foraging in different species of stingless bees (Apidae, Meliponinae) and the regulation of individual nectar foraging

  title={Colony foraging in different species of stingless bees (Apidae, Meliponinae) and the regulation of individual nectar foraging},
  author={L. L. M. de Bruijn and Marinus J. Sommeijer},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
Summary: For Melipona fasciata, M. beecheii, M. favosa and Tetragonisca angustula we found distinct intergeneric differences in foraging activity patterns. The Melipona species had a longer daily foraging activity period than T. angustula. Pollen foraging patterns of the Melipona species were different from that of T. angustula: Melipona collect pollen earlier in the day. In an experimental habitat without competitors, Melipona favosa did not collect pollen very early in the day. ¶Individually… 
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