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Dwarf honey bee

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

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Dorsal female view
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Thailand, 09.vi.2000 AQIS Victoria, 149, ex palm sugar
Source
Simon Hinkley & Ken Walker Museum Victoria
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Diagnostic Notes

As its name implies, the dwarf honeybee is the smallest species of honeybee, both in the body size of its workers and in the size of its nest.

 

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

 

Source:

 

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

 

More Information
Author
Walker, K.
Created
14/01/2006 11:16 AEST
Last Updated
28/12/2007 07:42 AEST
Citation
Walker, K. (2006) Dwarf honey bee (Apis florea) Updated on 12/28/2007 7:42:44 AM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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