Social behavior and nests of some nomiine bees in India (Hymenoptera, Halictidæ)

  title={Social behavior and nests of some nomiine bees in India (Hymenoptera, Halictid{\ae})},
  author={Suzanne W. T. Batra},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
  • S. W. Batra
  • Published 1 September 1966
  • Biology
  • Insectes Sociaux
SummarySocial or semisocial behavior in nomiine bees is here reported for the first time. InNomia capitata and perhaps inN. oxybeloides, presumed sister bees share cell clusters and cooperatively provision the same cells. Unlike other primitively social bees, the sisters simultaneously forage and oviposit. There is no apparent inhibition of the oviposition of daughters, although their nest-founding mother or perhaps an older sister appears to stay in the nest and continue to oviposit.Nesting… 

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