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Table 1 Ethnospecies mentioned by the inhabitants of Baritú and in others sectors of the Argentine Yungas

From: Melliferous insects and the uses assigned to their products in the northern Yungas of Salta, Argentina


Baritú and neighboring villages (Department of Santa Victoria, province of Salta)

Yungas of province of Jujuy


Vernacular name (VN)

Family and tribe taxonomic

Scientific name

Ethnospecies that do not sting

Stingless bees

brava, bravita (*)

Apidae, Meliponini

Scaptotrigona jujuyensis (Schrottky)

Locality of San Francisco (department Valle Grande), collection date: 07/28/2010, VN: negrillo.

cidra, igra (*)

Apidae, Meliponini

Paratrigona glabella Camargo & Moure.

cherlinca (*)

Apidae, Meliponini

Plebeia catamarcensis (Holmberg)

la burra, la burra toronjila (*)

Apidae, Meliponini

Lestrimelitta rufipes (Friese)

Calilegua National Park (department Ledesma), Collection date: 05/08/2012.

In this explored sector, we have data of the presence of the genus Lestrimelitta that probably correspond to the same species of melipona cited in this study.


Apidae, Meliponini

Plebeia sp. nov.

Locality of San Lucas (department Valle Grande). Collection date: 11/16/2010, VN: negrillo. Collection date: 12/16/2010, VN: arropillo.

moro moro (¥)

Apidae, Meliponini

Cfr. Melipona

posquillo (*)

Apidae, Meliponini

Cfr. Plebeia doryana (Friese)

Locality of San Lucas (department Valle Grande), collection date: 1/6/2010. Locality El Fuerte (department Santa Bárbara), collection date: 1/0/2010. VN pusquillo

señorita (*)

Apidae, Meliponini

Tetragonisca fiebrigi (Schwarz).

Calilegua National Park (department Ledesma), collection date: 09/13/2011, VN: mestizo

yana (¥)

Apidae, Meliponini

Cfr. Scaptotrigona

Ethnospecies that sting



Vespidae, Epiponini

Agelaia pallipes (Olivier)

chillaguata, poronguillo (*)

Vespidae, Epiponini

Polybia ruficeps (Schrottky)

chesgua rubia grande

Cfr. Vespidae



Apidae, Apini

Apis mellifera Linnaeus.


guancoiro, guanquero

Apidae, Bombini

Bombus atratus Franklin, H. J.


Apidae, Bombini

Cfr. Bombus

  1. (*)Ethnospecies present in El Lipeo or from warmer locations mentioned by people born in El Lipeo and living now in Baritú
  2. (¥)Ethnospecies of lower zones from the Pre-montane forest of Yungas or the Chaquenian phytogeographic area, mentioned by people from other locations within these phytogeographic characteristics