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Acta Biológica Colombiana

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DOS-SANTOS, ISABEL ALVES. CLEPTOPARASITE BEES, WITH EMPHASIS ON THE OILBEES HOSTS. Acta biol.Colomb. [online]. 2009, vol.14, n.2, pp.107-114. ISSN 0120-548X.

Cleptoparasite bees lay their eggs inside nests constructed by other bee species and the larvae feed on pollen provided by the host, in this case, solitary bees. The cleptoparasite (adult and larvae) show many morphological and behavior adaptations to this life style. In this paper I present some data on the cleptoparasite bees whose hosts are bees specialized to collect floral oil.

Keywords : solitary bee; interspecific interaction; parasitic strategies; hospicidal larvae.

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