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Volume 21, Number 5, 1990
Anna Maurizio
Page(s) 469 - 488
Apidologie 21 (1990) 469-488
DOI: 10.1051/apido:19900508

Important bee plants for stingless bees (Melipona and Trigonini) and Africanized honeybees (Apis mellifera) in neotropical habitats: a review

M. Ramalho, A. Kleinert-Giovannini and V.L. Imperatriz-Fonseca

Departamento de Ecologia Geral do Instituto de Biocièncias, Universidade de São Paulo, 05508, São Paulo, Brazil

Abstract - This paper reports on pollen and nectar sources for stingless bees in neotropical habitats. Some 288 species were considered important bee plants. Eighty of these were important for the Africanized honeybee. Plant families with the largest number of important species for both bee groups are also among those with the greatest diversity in neotropical regions. Some differences among the bee groups are highlighted

Key words: Africanized honeybee / Melipona / Trigonini / bee plant / neotropics