The Center for Amazon Community Ecology began studying the ecology of copal trees, its resin, and insects associated with it at the Jenaro Herrera research station in Peru in 2006. While our initial focus was on the weevils that prompted the formation of resin lumps on the trees, we began seeing that many stingless bees and sometimes wasps regularly visited fresh lumps to take away little bit of resin – presumably to help build their nests. I took the shot below of a green and gold Euglossa orchid bee hovering next to clump of resin. She would alternately land on the resin, dig a little bit out with her mandibles, shape it into a little ball with her front legs and then pass it back to her hind legs where it would stick to her corbicula – the little flat structures with hairs where they usually store pollen they collect from flowers. She would then back away and buzz in place – apparently to test the balance and weight of the resin on both legs. She would then go back to the lump and get some more. In five to ten minutes she seemed to have a full load and would fly away. Bees like to use resin for nest building because it is malleable when moist and hard and waterproof when dry. It may also provide some protection for the bees against harmful fungus and bacteria. See more photos and information about this research.
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Welcome to ROMP fest. Thanks to many people who helped set up our first nig booth .Haddon, Lauren, Ty and his mom Alice, Morgan, Tessa and her sister Meghan. Morning girl and dad and Tessa were first to do rainforest puzzle. Come on ny to shop for fair trade crafts and fun.
Please join our Amazon roadshow this September at the Rhythm and Roots Festival at Ninigret Park for three days of music and fun. CACE will have a big booth to sell our innovative fair-trade handicrafts made by our partner artisans from Peru and offer visitors a rich interactive educational experience of the Amazon rainforest and its people.
CACE needs a few energetic volunteers to help us set up the booth on Thursday as well to pack up on Sunday night. We would also like to recruit a few Amazon Ambassadors to help us sell crafts and welcome booth visitors to check out our videos and engage with our Amazon education activities during the festival.
We have one or extra free vendor passes to the festival that we can share with volunteers who help us for several days or more. All volunteers who help us for a full day or more will get a 20% discount on merchandise at our booth and a free Amazon Forest Store baseball cap as a gesture of our appreciation.