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Foraging Behaviour of Equatorial Afrotropical Stingless Bees

Little is known about the behaviour and ecology of Afrotropical bees, so this study endeavoured to examine how the native Afrotropical honey-making bees (honeybees and stingless bees) co-exist through partitioning of resources. The focus was on the foraging ecology of stingless bees, specifically habitat selection and competition for resources, and various studies were conducted on a number of stingless bee species and African honeybees in order to describe their ecology and behaviour. Elements from nest site and use, predation, food supply, resource partitioning and pollen foraging, to floral resource utilisation, nectar selection and sucrose concentration were studied in order to elucidate the behaviour and ecology of Afrotropical honey-making bees.