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Behavioral mediators of social organization in social Hymenoptera: nest defense in Jataí stingless bees, Tetragonisca angustula

Grant number: 11/23374-8
Support type:Research Grants - Visiting Researcher Grant - International
Duration: February 23, 2012 - March 21, 2012
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Zoology - Animal Behavior
Principal Investigator:Fábio Santos do Nascimento
Grantee:Fábio Santos do Nascimento
Visiting researcher: Francis Ratnieks
Visiting researcher institution: University of Sussex (US), England
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto (FFCLRP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Ribeirão Preto , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:10/10027-5 - Behavioural mediation, chemical signalisation and physiological aspects regulating the social organization in hymenopterans, AP.JP

Abstract

With several hundred species, the stingless bees (Meliponini) are the largest group of highly eusocial bees. As their name suggests, a distinctive feature of the stingless bees is the evolutionary loss of the sting. However, stingless bees are not defenceless and show many adaptations to defence against parasites and predators.The aim of this project is to study the alternative strategies that Tetragonisca angustula uses as nest defense. (AU)