Apis (Megapis) dorsata dorsata

Fabricius 1793

Taxon referenced in page Apis of the world
Author(s) : Pauly A.
Distribution: From India, east to the coast of Vietnam, and into the southeast Asian islands where it is sometimes replaced by other subspecies (Engel, 1999).

Nests are mainly built in exposed places far off the ground, on tree limbs and under cliff overhangs, and sometimes on buildings. Apis dorsata is a defensive bee and has never been domesticated (as it does not use enclosed cavities for nesting). Each colony consists of a single vertical comb (sometimes approaching a square metre) suspended from above, and the comb is typically covered by a dense mass of bees in several layers. When disturbed, the workers may exhibit a defensive behavior known as defense waving.



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