The Giant Bumble Bee (Bombus dahlbomii) in Mapuche Cosmovision

José MONTALVA, Leah S. DUDLEY, Joaquín E. SEPÚLVEDA, Cecilia SMITH-RAMÍREZ

Abstract: Here, we describe the close relationship between the giant bumble bee Bombus dahlbomii and the Mapuche people, both of which are native to Chile and Argentina. Historical, domestic, and spiritual aspects are mentioned, including the harvest and use of honey. We discuss the loss of aspects of Mapuche culture due to the current conservation status of B. dahlbomii.

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Keywords: bumble bees, Mapuche, Chile, Bombus, Bombus dahlbomii, Argentina, Culture, 

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Contact information: montalva.jose@yahoo.es

Please cite as: Montalva, J. et al. The Giant Bumble Bee (Bombus dahlbomii) in Mapuche Cosmovision. Ethnoentomology 4, pp. 1–11, 2020. 

Ethnoentomology 2020

Volume: 4

Page range: 1–11

First published online: 20.6.2020

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Ethnoentomology

an Open Journal of Ethnoentomology and Cultural Entomology

 

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