Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Journal of the New York Entomological Society

Volume

71

Publication Date

9-7-1962

First Page

130

Last Page

141

Abstract

Descriptions of the nests of two African subterranean meliponid species, namely, Meliplebeia anganyilcae medionigra (Cockerell) and Plebeiella lenclliana (Friese) are given. In both species, the nest proper consisted of brood area, area of old cerumen layers, and of pollen and honey pots. The combs are horizontal in both species, the mode of building is concentric in M. t. medionigra while clockwise-spiral in P. lendliana. In both species, the nests are connected to the exterior by means of an entrance burrow, of which the uppermost section forms a turret protruding above the soil surface. An interesting lower blind burrow was observed in M.t. medionigra apparently for the drainage of excess moisture. Both species can be transported to artificial hives, but the maintenance of the colonies under this condition is difficult.

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