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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2020.9(2): 708-713
DOI: https://doi.org/10.20546/ijcmas.2020.902.086


Nest Infrastructure and Biology of Small Carpenter Bee Ceratina binghami Cockerell (Hymenoptera: Apidae) in different host plants of TamilNadu, India
Gopaldas Sneha Latha1*, C. Chinniah1, M. Shanthi1, U. Amala2, K. Premalatha1, K.Eraivan Arutkani Aiyanathanand N.S.Venkatraman4
1Department of Agricultural Entomology, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Agricultural College and Research Institute, Madurai, India
2Division of Germplasm Conservation and Utilization, NBAIR, Hebbal, Bengaluru, India
3Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Agricultural College and Research Institute, Killikulam, India
4Department of Agronomy, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Agricultural College and Research Institute, Madurai, India
*Corresponding author
Abstract:

Ceratina binghami Cockerell is an efficient pollinator of cultivated and uncultivated crops. They construct the linear nest for their young ones in pruned sticks, hollow stems and dead wood. The present investigation was carried out at Agricultural College and Research Institute, Madurai, during 2018-2019. Nests (29 nos.) were collected for this study from six different host plants viz., Crotons, Codiaeum sp., Yellow bell, Tecoma sp., Peacock flower, Caesalpinia pulcherrima, Copper pod tree, Peltophorum pterocarpum and Rose. The nests were linear and partitioned with chewed straw. Among these, the most preferred host was Peltophorum pterocarpum. Diameter of the nest entrance, length and width of the nests were recorded as 0.36±0.06 cm, 11.59± 4.35 cm and 0.36±0.06 cm, respectively. Duration of each and every stage of immatures was recorded. Younger ones were located at the nest entrance and the older progeny was placed in the inner side of the nest. Some brood cells were empty between the cells and adult were found at the nest entrance, to guard the immatures from predators and parasitoides.


Keywords: Pollinator, Ceratina binghami, Brood cells and nest, Small carpenter bee
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Gopaldas Sneha Latha, C. Chinniah, M. Shanthi, U. Amala, K. Premalatha, K. Eraivan Arutkani Aiyanathan and Venkatraman, N. S. 2020. Nest Infrastructure and Biology of Small Carpenter Bee Ceratina binghami Cockerell (Hymenoptera: Apidae) in different host plants of TamilNadu, India.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 9(2): 708-713. doi: https://doi.org/10.20546/ijcmas.2020.902.086