Report on the stingless bees of Bhutan (Hymenoptera: Apidae: Meliponini)

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Tshering Nidup


Two species of stingless bees, Tetragonula gressitti (Sakagami) and Lepidotrigona arcifera (Cockerell), are reported from Bhutan for the first time.  The nest description and meliponiculture are described.  This is the gross underestimation of Meliponini diversity in Bhutan and summons more study on the diversity, biology, and meliponiculture.

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Tshering Nidup, Associate Lecturer, Department of Environment and Life Sciences, Sherubtse College, Royal University of Bhutan, Trashigang, Bhutan.

Associate Lecturer.

Department of Environment and Life Sciences, Sherubtse College, Royal University of Bhutan.


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