oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - The Yellow-banded Carpenter Bee, Mesotrichia caffra Linn, and its Symbiotic Mite, Dinogamasus Braunsi Vitzthun

Volume 15, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



This paper deals with the annual cycle and life history or the common African carpenter bee, Mesothrlchia caffra, and its relationship with the mite, Dinogamasus braunsi. There is only one generation of the bees a year and the adults are surprisingly long-lived, the females living for a year or more and the males for ten to twelve months. The mites live in the abdominal pouches of the female bees until nesting begins and then they leave the pouch and enter the cells where they lay their eggs upon the pupae.

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