Foraging behavior of Melipona rufiventris Lepeletier (Apinae; Meliponini) in Ubatuba, SP, Brazil.

  • Fidalgo A
  • Kleinert A
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Abstract

This study describes how the foraging activity of Melipona rufiventris is influenced by the environment and/or by the state of a colony. Two colonies were studied in Ubatuba, SP (44 degrees 48 W and 23 degrees 22 S) from July/2000 to June/2001. These colonies were classified as strong (Colony 1) and intermediate (Colony 2) according to their general conditions: population and brood comb size and number of food pots. The bees were active from dawn to dusk. The number of pollen loads presented a positive correlation with relative humidity (r(s) = 0.401; p

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  • apinae
  • brasil
  • comportamento de forrageamento de
  • em ubatuba
  • foraging behavior
  • lepeletier
  • melipona rufiventris
  • meliponini
  • nectar
  • pollen
  • sp

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  • a O Fidalgo

  • a M P Kleinert

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