What are stingless bees and where they are found?

What are stingless bees and where they are found?

Stingless bees are a large group of bees which are incapable of stinging. They are also known as meliponines or stingless honey bees. They are mostly found in tropical or subtropical regions of the world, such as Australia, Africa, Southeast Asia, Costa Rica, Mexico and Brazil. The majority of native bees of Central and South America are bees that don’t have stings.

Stingless bees have extremely small stingers. So, they use other defensive actions to fend off enemies like biting if their nest is troubled. They are not the only type of stingless bees, all male bees and many female bees of other families, also cannot sting.

They’re ranked on the basis of the amount of pollen they have consumed, unlike honey bees whose female bees are divided into two categories: workers and queen on the basis of what they received as larvae (queens are fed royal jelly while workers are fed pollen)

Since these bees, can’t sting and are harmless to humans. They are quite friendly to rear as a pet near homes and crowded places.

Stingless bees usually look for their foundation in hollow trunks, tree barks, rock cracks, wall cavities, old bins, and storage boxes.

Native Americans keep these bees as their pets. They are from the Apidae family, along with honey bees, bumblebees, and carpenter bees.  Stingless bees are excellent at pollination of crops and flowers. including mangos, nuts, watermelons, eggplants, strawberries, etc.

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