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Table 3 Local knowledge on stingless bees at the municipality of Nocupetaro, Michoacan

From: Diversity, local knowledge and use of stingless bees (Apidae: Meliponini) in the municipality of Nocupétaro, Michoacan, Mexico

Local name Taxon Behavior (local knowledge) Morphology (local knowledge) Nesting Use (product) MI (%)
1. Abeja Bermeja Scaptotrigona. hellwegeri Defensive (gets tangled in the hair and bites) Intense reddish median bee In hollow trunks H (m,f) 90
B (m,rm)
P (m,f)
2. A. Cepimilla Trigonisca sp Bee type that likes people sweat Very small bee In trunks, very small nests H (m) 5
3. A. Esculcona Partamona. bilineata Very defensive (gets tangled in the hair and bites) Median black Bee Aerial and exposed nest as termite mound. B (rm) 10
4. A. Limoncilla Lestrimelitta. chamelensis Docile and attack other bees Small dark bee, with strong lemon scent In hollow logs H (m) 35
B (rm)
5. A. Pintilla Unidentified Very Defensive (gets tangled in the hair and bites Similar to Apis mellifera in size and color In hollow logs, cavities between the trunk and the ground H (m,f) 5
B (m,rm)
P (m,f)
6. A. Prieta esculcona Unidentified -- Median and very dark bee -- B (rm) 5
7. A. Sapito Unidentified Very docile and timid Small dark bee -- H (m,f) 5
P (m,f)
8. A. Trompetera Nannotrigona perilampiodes Very docile and timid Small bee In hollow trunks. The nest entrance is shaped trumpet (made of beeswax) H (m,f) 5
B (m,rm)
P (m,f)
9. A. Zopilota Frieseomelitta nigra Docile Median dark bee, very bright with white wing tips In hollow logs H (m,f) 90
B (rm)
P (m)
10. Colmena real Melipona. fasciata Very defensive (gets tangled in the hair and bites) Similar to Apis mellifera in size and color In hollow logs H (m,f) 85
B (m,rm)
P (m,f)
11. Colmena de Tierra or Prieta de Tierra Geotrigona acapulconis Very docile and timid Median bee completely dark Buried in the ground H (m) 80
B (r)
  1. Note. The unidentified stingless bees were referred by local experts but were not collected.
  2. (MI) Mention Index; (H) honey, (B) beeswax, (P) pollen; (m) medicinal, (f) food, (rm) raw material.