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Individual study: New colonies of the stingless bee Scaptotrigona mexicana can be started with 50 g of mature pupae; experiments on a coffee plantation in Tuxtla Chico, Chiapas, Mexico

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Arzaluz A., Obregón F. & Jones R. (2002) Optimum brood size for artificial propagation of the stingless bee Scaptotrigona mexicana. Journal of Apicultural Research, 41, 62-63

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A replicated trial with wild-caught colonies of the stingless bee Scaptotrigona mexicana, endemic to Mexico and Guatemala, demonstrated that new colonies can be propagated from old colonies with 50 g of brood, containing approximately 2,750 mature pupae, along with 3,000-4,000 workers, 100 g of honey and 10 g of wax (Arzaluz et al. 2002). Five colonies started with 50 g of brood and five started with 90 g of brood did not differ in their average weight gain over 10 weeks.