Stingless Bees of Pará: based on the scientific expeditions of João M. F. Camargo

Autor(es): IMPERATRIZ-FONSECA, Vera Lúcia; ALVES, Denise A. (Orgs.)
Resumo: There are many species of stingless bees in Brazil, especially in the Amazon, a region that requires more scientific knowledge about these social insects. In the literature, there are usually few references to their nests, life habits and products, such as honey, resins, cerumen and pollen. Information related to the use of stingless bee colonies by the pre-Columbian peoples of the Americas shows many points in common among the various ethnic groups. When evaluating the global biocultural aspects, there is often a similar basis in this recognition of bees and their products, such as medicines, offerings, importance in the social hierarchy, commercial use, and ecological role. The scientific expeditions conducted by João M. F. Camargo to the Amazon, in search of native stingless bees’ nests, allowed the identification of new information on one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world and its peculiarities. The photographic record of the nests of these social bees, as compiled in this publication, allows us to reflect on new biocultural horizons. The idealization of this book allowed the gathering of both the information valued by scientific publications and the care with which this record was made and organized in an entomological reference collection at the Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto of Universidade de São Paulo. The retrieval of some of this information was made possible by digitizing Prof. João M. F. Camargo’s photo library, which will certainly contribute to the identification of species of bees whose nests are rescued in areas of authorized plant suppression, as occurs in a legal and responsible manner in Carajás National Forest and many other ventures. At a time when the whole world is concerned with the decline in bee populations, we illustrate here the biodiversity of stingless bees in the Amazon, especially in Carajás, in the state of Pará. This is a relevant work for the communities in the region that are increasingly interested in the rearing and sustainable use of social bees, which generates income and thus socio-environmental development.
Ano: 2020
Páginas: 284 p.
Ano de publicação: 2020
Editora com ISSN: ITV
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