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Age-dependent queen attractiveness for drones and mating in the stingless bee, Scaptotrigona postica.

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Journal of Apicultural Research
Vol. 27 (1) pp. 3-8
Date
March 1988
Article Title

Age-dependent queen attractiveness for drones and mating in the stingless bee, Scaptotrigona postica.

Author(s)

Elisabeth Engels And Wolf Engels

Abstract

A mating box was designed in which the attractiveness of queens for drones was tested in the Brazilian stingless bee, Scaptotrigona postica (Meliponinae, Apidae). Virgin queens, 10-14 days old, were the most attractive. Copulation in confinement was observed in detail. A queen could mate with up to six drones.

Keywords

Mating, Stingless bee, Scaptotrigona postica, Virgin Queens

 
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