Apis cerana-Asian Honey Bee

Apis cerana, commonly known as the Asian honey bee or the Eastern honey bee is a species of honey bee (Family: Apidae, Subfamily: Apinae) found in southern and southeastern Asia. This species is the sister species of Apis koschevnikovi, and both are in the same subgenus as the Western (European) honey bee, Apis mellifera. There are eight subspecies of A. cerana currently recognized. They are about 10mm long. They prefer to nest in cavities, such as hollowed out tree trunks. They make multiple comb. Their honey yield is smaller, because they form smaller colonies. They are not aggressive, but any attempt to open the nest, will cause bees to fly out and sting the intruder.


Apis cerana - Asian Honey Bee
Apis cerana
Apis cerana on canola
Apis cerana on canola
Apis cerana

4 comments:

teca said...

Lindas e imprescindĂ­veis!!!!

Beijos e flores.

Andrea said...

Oh that is our local honeybee, and i miss the honey they make, which we can get as a kid. Today most of the honey available are from A melifera. I've had my share of stings when i was young, as I join my father get the combs from the wild maybe 2x, but after that he did not try again. I had maybe 8 stings. And a few more stings when not getting combs.

Birdy said...

Thanks Teca for your regular feedback, it's greatly appreciated.

Birdy said...

Thanks Andrea for sharing you childhood experience with us. Eight stings? Did they sting you near eyes? Wish I was there to take a few shot of your swollen eyes.