Annual foraging patterns of the Maya bee Melipona beecheii (Bennet, 1831) in Quintana Roo, Mexico
Periodo de realización: 1900/01/01 al 2018/06/01
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."