A new hive design for the stingless bee Melipona favosa allows honey extraction without damaging brood, on the island of Tobago
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Sommeijer M.J. (1999) Beekeeping with stingless bees: a new type of hive. Bee World, 70-79
Published source details Sommeijer M.J. (1999) Beekeeping with stingless bees: a new type of hive. Bee World, 70-79
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Sommeijer (1999) described a hive design, the 'Utrecht University-Tobago Hive' (UTOB hive), with separate and different-shaped honey and brood chambers. Three years of testing on the island of Tobago found that the stingless bee species Melipona favosa formed colonies in this type of hive with brood confined to the brood chamber and a single layer of honey and pollen pots in the honey chamber. Honey could then be extracted with little disturbance to the brood or pollen stores.