Species Diversity and Nesting Sites of Stingless bees in Sup-Lungka Wild Life Conservation Area, Lopburee Province

Wandee Wattanachaiyingcharoen, Touchkanin Jongjitvimol, Kamolporn Boonthavon, Malinee Sripromma, Malee Ruangridee, Sangchan Chutiyarat


Species diversity and nesting sites of stingless bees in Sup - Lungka Wild Life
Conservation, Lopburee province were been conducted during October, 2003 to March, 2004.
Totally, 22 colonies of 7 species of stingless bees were recorded; Trigona apicalis, T. collina,
T. fimbriata, T. fuscobalteata, T. laeviceps, T. latigenalis and T. terminata. There was no dominant
species (C = 0.247) and had low species diversity (J/ = 0.201) in the study site. Similarity index
showed difference of bee species in the mixed deciduous forest, bamboo forest and dry evergreen
forest. Those stingless bees can be divided into 3 groups according to their nest entrances and the
nest entrances characters can be used to classify Trigona spices.

Keywords: stingless bees, Trigona, species diversity and nesting sites

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