Discovering a New World

The native, stingless bees have been an entirely new experience for us, one that San Lorenzo has allowed us to discover up close.
As trees began to bloom in San Lorenzo, we started to see more and more bees. Nevertheless, we could not yet appreciate the dimensions of the growing insect population. If we had, we would have noticed the great variety of bee species attracted to the blossoms.

Environmental Issue

Bees are excellent pollinators, so they provide an indispensable and fundamental service to the environment.  Because of bees, plants can first produce flowers, and then produce fruit. Without pollination, we wouldn’t have food!  Without pollination, vegetable species would not be able to reproduce and would become extinct!  As we can see, ecosystems depend on bees.Readmore... »

Making Contact with CINAT

Our interest in stingless bees led us to contact the experts at the Tropical Bee Research Center at the Universidad Nacional (Centro de Investigaciones Apícolas Tropicales de la Universidad Nacional (CINAT-UNA)) (http://www.una.ac.cr/cinat), who, at the end of May 2011 and with the support of Dr. Ingrid Aguilar Monge, the Coordinator of the Meliponiculture program, carried out an initial diagnostic of the bees  of San Lorenzo.Readmore... »

Stingless Beekeeping in San Lorenzo

Afortunadamente, a pesar de la escasez -o incluso ausencia en casos extremos- de árboles maduros con cavidades donde las abejas puedan establecerse, es posible promover que las abejas sin aguijón puedan hacer sus colmenas en cajoncitos de madera, diseñados y fabricados por el hombre, que tengan un orificio por el cual poder entrar y salir. Al respecto, es mucho lo que el CINAT y Carlos Vargas han avanzado, apoyándose también en otros estudios internacionales.Readmore... »