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Nesting biology and immature stages of the oil-collecting bee Epicharis dejeanii (Apidae: Centridini)

  • Enderlei DecEmail author
  • Felipe Vivallo
Original article


An aggregation of the oil-collecting bee Epicharis dejeanii Lepeletier was studied at Ilha das Flores, southern Brazil. Data on seasonality, types of floral resources collected, and nesting biology were registered. The nesting area occupied 120 m2 with density of up to 8 nests/m2. The tunnel entrances remained always open and surrounded by a tumulus. Adult activity lasted approximately 70 days. The females built the nest, provisioned food, and layed the egg in 4 days. The nest’s architecture was very diverse, and they were between 40 and 140 cm in depth with one or two brood cells at the end of the tunnel. Diapause occurred in the postdefecating larval stage, and there was no cocoon. Immature stages and nest architecture are described and illustrated.


Solitary bee Larval development Nesting architecture Baía da Babitonga 



We thank the Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES) for providing a PhD scholarship to the former author; to Mr. Nei Osvaldo Silva and Mr. Nivaldo Jose da Silva for allowing us the access to the area studied; the island resident Mr. Paulo Kolombesky and his wife Mrs. Marli T. Kolombesky for the information provided. We also thank Vanessa Feretti by the preliminary information about these bees. This paper is part of the SIGMA project No. 21565 MN/UFRJ and the contribution number 33 from the HYMN.

Author’s contributions

Both the authors participated in the interpretation of the data; E.Dec wrote the paper and F. Vivallo participated in the revisions of it. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.HYMN Laboratório de Hymenoptera, Departamento de EntomologiaMuseu Nacional – Universidade Federal do Rio de JaneiroRio de JaneiroBrazil

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