Apis (Apis) cerana

Fabricius 1793

Taxon referenced in page Apis of the world
Author(s) : Pauly A.
The Asiatic honeybee.

In the wild, A. cerana prefer to nest in small spaces, such as hollowed out tree trunks. They are similar in size or somewhat smaller than Apis mellifera and have smaller comb cells as well. Their honey yield is smaller, because they form smaller colonies. Like the Western honey bee, they are sometimes domesticated and used in apiculture, mostly in wooden boxes with fixed frames.