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Acta Biológica Colombiana

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NATES-PARRA, GUIOMAR; RODRIGUEZ-C, ÁNGELA  and  VELEZ, E. DANNY. Stingless Bees (Hymenoptera: Apidae: Meliponini) in Oriental Mountains Cementeries from Colombia. Acta biol.Colomb. [online]. 2006, vol.11, n.1, pp.25-35. ISSN 0120-548X.

In 11 cemeteries of Cundinamarca and Meta (Colombia) departments we found 203 nests of stingless bees pertaining to 15 species. The majority of the found nests (61%) belong to genus Nannotrigona Cokerell, 1922. Nannotrigona mellaria was the species with the greater nests number and higher population; Trigona (Tetragonisca) angustula was found in all cemeteries, but in a smaller percentage that N. mellaria (29% of the total). In the Tena (Cundinamarca) cemetery was found the nest highest density (118 nest/ha), with a tombs occupation percentage of 13.9%. We discussed the importance of cemeteries as an alternative for wild bees nesting sites conservation in urban areas.

Keywords : Meliponini; nesting; urban areas; cementeries.

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