The Potential Of Stingless Bees As An Emerging Livestock

Stingless bees are becoming important alternative pollinators to the honeybee, previously considered a universal pollinator, due to their abundance and adaptability, besides behavioural traits, which further enhance their suitability. Honeybees have emerged over the years, with great economic returns. The challenge, however, is the defense mechanism, the sting. This has created negative reactions to the art of bee-keeping. Stingless bees do not sting humans or animals, making them easily acceptable to the bee farmer. They can be managed easily on pollen substitute and honey.