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These bees were captured and identified as part of a research project to study bee diversity in the Sudanese savannah areas from Burkina Faso. The objective is to widen the knowledges on West Africa bees which, to date, are still poorly known. 97 species of bees have been identified in 4 families (Apidae, Halictidae, Megachilidae, Colletidae). Bees capture were made in both natural and cultivated areas in order to cover all bee activity areas.
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02 June 2018
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Occurrence; Burkina Faso; Bees; Apidae; Halictidae; Colletidae; Megachilidae; Specimen


Who created the resource:

Drissa Coulibaly
Station d'Ecologie de Lamto
BP 28 N'Douci Cote d'Ivoire
00225 07377471
Katharina Stein
University of Rostock

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Drissa Coulibaly
Station d'Ecologie de Lamto
BP 28 N'Douci Cote d'Ivoire
00225 07377471

Who filled in the metadata:

Drissa Coulibaly
Station d'Ecologie de Lamto
BP 28 N'Douci Cote d'Ivoire
00225 07377471

Who else was associated with the resource:

Drissa Coulibaly
Station d'Ecologie de Lamto
BP 28 N'Douci Cote d'Ivoire
00225 07377471
Kolo YEO
Station d'Ecologie de Lamto
BP 28 N'Douci Cote d'Ivoire
00225 05849545
Souleymane KONATE
Universite Nangui Abrogoua
00225 07676133

Geographic Coverage

The Ecology Station of Lamto is an ecological research station located in the center of Côte d'Ivoire. Founded in 1962 by two French scientists, Maxime Lamotte and Jean-Luc Tournier, the station of Lamto is both a geophysical measurement center and a tropical ecological center. It is attached to Nangui Abrogoua University of Abidjan.

Bounding Coordinates South West [6.52, -5.037], North East [6.594, -4.971]

Taxonomic Coverage

The captured bees have been identified from the family to the species. We obtained 4 families of bees.

Order  Hymenoptera (Hymenoptera)
Family  Apidae (Apidae),  Halictidae (Halictidae),  Megachilidae (Megachilidae),  Colletidae (Colletidae)

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 2013-10-01 / 2015-10-31

Project Data

This research project was designed to enable the digitization of data on West Africa bees. These data concern those of Côte d'Ivoire and Burkina Faso. They will make it possible to know the diversity of bees in West Africa because, nowadays the species of bees are still little known in this zone. The role of bees in the improvement of agricultural yield justifies all the interest for this study.

Title Extension and management of the reference collections of bee pollinators in West Africa (Burkina Faso; Cote d'Ivoire)
Identifier BID-AF2017-0251-SMA
Funding This project is funded by the European Union
Study Area Description En principe, notre etude devra s'etendre plus tard dans toutes les regions de l'Afrique de l'Ouest. Mais pour ce projet, notre etude se limite au Burkina Faso et en Cote d'Ivoire.
Design Description In principle, our study will have to extend later to all regions of West Africa. But, for this project, our study is limited to Burkina Faso and Côte d'Ivoire.

The personnel involved in the project:

Angele Soro

Sampling Methods

Bees were sampled using colored cupels traps (white, blue, yellow). They were caught every month for two years in natural savannas areas and in the fields during the flowering period.

Study Extent Sampling was carried out in three different localities of Burkina Faso (Dano, Bontioli and Nazinga). In each locality, we made capture on 4 sites per habitat type (natural savanna, cotton fields and sesame fields).

Method step description:

  1. Four sampling plots of each 5400 m2 (60m x 90m) were chosen in near-natural savannah habitats and in nearby fields of the main cash crops of this area (cotton, sesame) at each study site (Figure 2), resulting in a total number 36 sampling plots. Each sampling plot comprised four sampling blocks (15m x 30m) spaced to 30 m. In each block six traps were installed in a distance of 15 m. In total, we set up 864 traps (24 traps per sampling plot; 288 traps per site). Cotton and sesame fields chosen to capture bees in were located at a maximum distance of 2km from the near-natural savanna sites. (Figure 2). Pantraps were used to sample honey bees and wild bees. UV-bright yellow, white and blue 500ml plastic bowls were placed in the height of ca. 1m above the ground in the savanna sites and fields; filled with salt (NaCl) saturated water and a small drop of detergent (liquid soap) were left out for 72h during each sampling round. Bees were sampled once each month in the savanna plots and every 2 weeks in the fields due to the shorter flowering period of the crops. Specimens of bees were collected, stored in alcohol, and thereafter pinned and identified to genus or species (voucher specimens are held at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Brussels).

Collection Data

Collection Name Reference collection of West Africa bees
Specimen preservation methods Pinned,  Alcohol,  Other
Curatorial Units Between 15 and 50 Entomological boxes

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