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      New species and designation of primary types in Neotropical carpenter bees of the genus Xylocopa Latreille (Hymenoptera, Apidae)

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      Journal of Hymenoptera Research

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          Crop pollinators in Brazil: a review of reported interactions

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            Large Carpenter Bees as Agricultural Pollinators

             Tamar Keasar (2010)
            Large carpenter bees (genus Xylocopa ) are wood-nesting generalist pollinators of broad geographical distribution that exhibit varying levels of sociality. Their foraging is characterized by a wide range of food plants, long season of activity, tolerance of high temperatures, and activity under low illumination levels. These traits make them attractive candidates for agricultural pollination in hot climates, particularly in greenhouses, and of night-blooming crops. Carpenter bees have demonstrated efficient pollination service in passionflower, blueberries, greenhouse tomatoes and greenhouse melons. Current challenges to the commercialization of these attempts lie in the difficulties of mass-rearing Xylocopa , and in the high levels of nectar robbing exhibited by the bees.
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              Obtaining a better taxonomic understanding of native bees: where do we start?

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                Journal
                Journal of Hymenoptera Research
                JHR
                Pensoft Publishers
                1314-2607
                1070-9428
                December 20 2017
                December 20 2017
                : 61
                : 31-48
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                10.3897/jhr.61.20345
                © 2017

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