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Chalicodoma pluto: The World's Largest Bee Rediscovered Living Communally in Termite Nests (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae)
Adam Catton Messer
Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society
Vol. 57, No. 1 (Jan., 1984), pp. 165-168
Published by: Kansas (Central States) Entomological Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25084498
Page Count: 4
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The long-lost bee Chalicodoma pluto was found in the North Moluccas of Indonesia, and was discovered nesting communally in association with a tree-dwelling termite. Using their extraordinary mouthparts, females gather resin and wood and fashion these materials into galleries resistant to termite invasion. The first males known of the species were taken, and male territoriality was observed.
Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society © 1984 Kansas (Central States) Entomological Society