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Giant honeybee

Scientific Name
Apis dorsata
Scientific Author
Fabricius
Taxonomy
(Hymenoptera: Apidae)

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Diagnostic Notes

Differentiation characters between various species of Apis

 

 

Character         A. mellifera     A. cerana

 

Forewing

Length (mm)     8.0-9.7             7.4-9.0

 

Cubital index    1.65-2.95         3.1-5.1

 

Tomenta           Tergites 3-5      Tergites 3-6

 

Nest                 Several combs  Several combs

                        in cavity            in cavity

                                                           

Character         A. dorsata       A. florea

 

Forewing

Length (mm)     12.5-14.5         6.0-6.9

 

Cubital index    6.1-9.8             2.8-3.7

 

Tomenta           Tergites 3-6      Tergites 3-6

 

Nest                 Single large       Single comb

                        comb at            on twig

                        bottom of         encircling the

                        branch or          branch

                        projecting

 rock

 

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http://tnau.ac.in/cpps/productive/apiculture/003a.pdf

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Specimen Contact
Museum Victoria
Author
Walker, K.
Created
27/05/2005 04:28 AEST
Last Updated
28/12/2007 07:42 AEST
Citation
Walker, K. (2005) Giant honeybee (Apis dorsata) Updated on 12/28/2007 7:42:20 AM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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