Diversity, Nest Preferences, and Forage Plants of Stingless Bees (Hymenoptera: Apidae: Meliponini) from West Halmahera, North Moluccas, Indonesia

Hearty Salatnaya, A M Fuah, M S Engel, Cece Sumantri, Widiatmaka Widiatmaka, S Kahono

Abstract

Survey of stingless bee diversity, nesting preferences, and forage plants was conducted in West Halmahera across 134 collection sites. We aimed to determine species diversity, nesting preference and habitat, and dominant forage plants. There are three species found, the most common species being Tetragonula clypearis (Friese), followed by T. sapiens (Cockerell), and last T. biroi (Friese). Based on the morphology characters of each species, the key identification was provided. The most colonies were found in public houses (80.39%), followed by plantations (13.73%), and the community forest (5.88%), respectively. Most colonies nested in stone cavities, parts of the houses, wooden materials, tree trunks, logs, tree roots, bamboo, and sometimes iron cavities. The forage plants consist of forage plantation, crops, fruits, vegetables, ornamental flowers, wild plants and shrubs. The three species found were new record in West Halmahera. Bees live in various hollow places that are safe for their colony. Bees make use of a variety of flowering plants and secrete resins around the nest site.

Keywords

Diversity, Forage Plants, Nesting Preference, Tetragonula spp., West Halmahera

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