The past and present status of beekeeping with stingless bees

publication date: Aug 20, 2010
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Bee World Vol.73 (1) 1992 pp.29-42
Article Title

The past and present status of beekeeping with stingless bees

Author(s)

Eva Crane

Abstract

Origin and geographical range of stingless bees:  'Stingless bees' are social bees, living in permanent colonies. They make and store honey as Apis species do, and Michener calls them stingless honey bees. Like Apis mellifera and A. cerana they nest in cavities, and can therefore be kept in hives. The bees have no venom apparatus, and cannot sting; they do have a vestigial sting, but this is greatly reduced, without an effective tip.

Keywordsbeekeeping, stingless bees, Meliponinae
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