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dc.contributor.authorGuerra, T. J.-
dc.contributor.authorRomero, G. Q.-
dc.contributor.authorCosta, J. C.-
dc.contributor.authorLofego, A. C.-
dc.contributor.authorBenson, W. W.-
dc.identifier.citationInsectes Sociaux. Basel: Springer Basel Ag, v. 59, n. 1, p. 11-16, 2012.-
dc.description.abstractNectarivorous flower mites (Mesostigmata: Melicharidae) live mostly on hummingbird-pollinated plants in the New World. We observed Proctolaelaps sp. living on Neoregelia johannis (Bromeliaceae) in a coastal rain forest site in south-eastern Brazil. Flower anthesis of this bromeliad lasted a single day. We recorded mites moving into, feeding from, presumably mating and reproducing, and exiting bromeliad flowers within just a single day. We observed three ant species predating flower mites on bromeliads. The main visitor was the bumblebee Bombus morio, which always landed on the inflorescence to access nectar inside the bromeliad flowers. We found Proctolaelaps sp. mites on 47% of 38 bumblebees inspected, with each Bombus hosting 2 mites on average; only adults and mostly female mites (93%) usually found on the bumblebees' gula region of the head. This is the first study to document nectarivorous flower mites living on a melittophilous host plant using bumblebees for phoretic dispersal.en
dc.description.sponsorshipUniversidade Estadual de Campinas-
dc.description.sponsorshipCoordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES)-
dc.description.sponsorshipFundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP)-
dc.publisherSpringer Basel Ag-
dc.sourceWeb of Science-
dc.subjectFlower mitesen
dc.subjectAtlantic Foresten
dc.titlePhoretic dispersal on bumblebees by bromeliad flower mites (Mesostigmata, Melicharidae)en
dc.contributor.institutionUniversidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP)-
dc.contributor.institutionUniversidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP)-
dc.description.affiliationUniv Estadual Campinas UNICAMP, Inst Biol, Dept Biol Anim, BR-13083970 Campinas, SP, Brazil-
dc.description.affiliationUniv Estadual Paulista UNESP, Dept Zool & Bot, IBILCE, BR-15054000 Sao Jose do Rio Preto, SP, Brazil-
dc.description.affiliationUnespUniv Estadual Paulista UNESP, Dept Zool & Bot, IBILCE, BR-15054000 Sao Jose do Rio Preto, SP, Brazil-
dc.description.sponsorshipIdFAPESP: 04/13658-5-
dc.description.sponsorshipIdFAPESP: 05/51421-0-
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