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  1. #1
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    Default Brazilian Jataí stingless bees

    Completely unplanned, on a recent Brazilian trip I stayed for a couple nights right next to a large stingless bee yard holding several species of native meliponines. Here are a couple shots of the little Tetragonisca angustula ("jataí") at their nest entrance:

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    They're pretty adorable little bees. Not harmless, though, in spite of their name. When angry they pull hair and generally make a nuisance of themselves.

    Alex
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    Last edited by Alex Wild; 06-28-2012 at 01:42 PM.

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    Default Re: Brazilian Jataí stingless bees

    I remember seeing and being fascinated with a "hive" of these outside the museum in Petropolis, Brasil. This was well before I started keeping bees myself.

    Great pictures! Did you get any other information about these bees? Were they being "kept" or were they naturally there? Were they there for study, or were they commercial?

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    Default Re: Brazilian Jataí stingless bees

    Quote Originally Posted by Alex Wild View Post
    When angry they pull hair and generally make a nuisance of themselves.
    Alex
    I had a wife like that once.

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    Default Re: Brazilian Jataí stingless bees

    OSafado- the bees belonged to a farmer cooperative, and they had about 50 boxes with at least 3 different bee species, mostly Jataí.

    gone2seed- yeah. But I bet there was also sweet, sweet honey.

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