Annual foraging patterns of the Maya bee Melipona beecheii (Bennet, 1831) in Quintana Roo, Mexico

Periodo de realización: 2018/06/01 al 2018/01/01

Tipo: Capítulo de libro

Lugar(es) de estudio: Chetumal, Q.R., México, Tihosuco, Q.R., México, Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Q.R., México
Resumen: "A study was done about the foraging behaivor of Melipona beecheii in three áreas of the Yucatán Peninsula. Eight nests of Melipona beecheii were used, at three sites in Quintana Roo, Yucatan Peninsula (Mexico): two nests in the city of Chetumal, three in the town of Carrillo Puerto, and three in the town of Tihosuco. Foraging bee activity was recorded for 2 days at each nest and site, every 2 months between June 2008 and June 2009, for a total eight replicates. The number of pollen pots in the nests was highest in the month of February, found in seven of the eight nests observed. This is possibly due to the abundance of pollen resources in the field and subsequently a “boom” in pollen foraging trips. A strong correlation between offspring and pollen foraging could suggest the highest priority in the nest is to maintain the immatures."

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