Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society

Volume

41

Issue

1

Publication Date

1-1-1968

First Page

120

Last Page

133

Abstract

The processes of burrow and cell construction, cell provisioning, oviposition, egg-eating, inspection of brood in closed cells, division of labor and interactions among adult females of the social species Lasioglossum (Dialictus) versatitm are described, illustrated, and compared with such behavior in the social L. zephyrum and L. imitatum. Observations of cell and burrow construction and provisioning in Halictus rubicundus, Neocorynura fumipennis and Augochlorella sp. are included, with information on oviposition behavior, brood in spection, and inter-actions between females of H. rubicundus and N. fumipennis. The processes of cell construction, provisioning, pollen ball formation and oviposition were similar in all species observed. Reproductive females of solitary or weakly social species attacked other females more often than did those of the social species. The bees were maintained in an indoor insectary and nested in narrow, plexiglas-sided observation chambers.

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