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Social insects, ife, nigeria

Observed: 16th July 2011 By: ollyoollyo’s reputation in Invertebrates
social insects, ife, nigeria
Description:

These insects were living on the wall of my shed in Ife, Nigeria. They built a tube out of wax on top of an old hole in the wall, and extended it over time. The area around it was covered in sticky residue which looked like sap. They are very small, around 4-5mm, and mostly black/dark brown, with bee-shaped bodies. When their nest was damaged they rebuilt it very quickly.

Identifications
  • Stingless Bee (Trigona)
    Confidence: It might be this.
  •  
    Likely ID
    a stingless bee (Meliponini)
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
Species interactions

No interactions present.