Who dares enter the lair of the stingless bees?

Partamona sp. soil-nesting stingless bees
Jatun Sacha, Napo, Ecuador


photo details:
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 macro lens on a Canon EOS 7D
ISO 200, f/16, 1/250 sec
diffused remote strobe

(thanks to Claus Rasmussen for the identification)

4 thoughts on “Who dares enter the lair of the stingless bees?”

  1. Scotocryptine leiodids, that’s who!

    (see Peck, S. B. 2003. The eyeless inquiline genera Parabystus
    and Scotocryptus of Costa Rica and Panama; inhabitants
    of nests of stingless bees (Coleoptera: Leiodidae). Sociobi-
    ology, 42: 65–80 )

  2. Don’t forget robber bees! Though according to The Social Behavior of Bees, these aren’t the most aggressive stingless bees.

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