oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - Size and form of eggs of allodapine bees

Volume 36, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



Eggs of allodapine bees from Africa and Australia are illustrated. Egg size is not related to social level, as has been previously indicated. It is related to the laying rate, so that a species whose eggs are laid over considerable periods lays larger eggs than one whose laying is crowded into brief periods. The latter is a derived condition probably facilitating feeding of groups of larvae which at anyone stage require similar treatment.

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