Melipona triplaridis (image) Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Share Print E-Mail Caption Panama's wealth of insect biodiversity, makes it possible for researchers to compare the behavior of many different bee species. In this photo STRI staff scientist David Roubik interacts with a Melipona triplaridis nest. Credit STRI Usage Restrictions Credit: STRI Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.