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Honey bee species

All honey bees are classified into the genus Apis and the family Apidae. There are four accepted groupings of honeybee species each morphologically distinct. Each of the Asian species groups…

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Bee species & races

…accepted groupings of honeybee species with three of these species groups further subdivided into additional species. Further, within the species groupings of the honey bees, separate subspecies or races are…

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Bees world wide

…many species of bees collect nectar that they convert to honey and store as a food source, it is only these large colonies formed by social species that store appreciable…

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Distribution of honey bees

…several other cavity nesting species of Apis known today. The open nesting species gave rise to the several types of open nesting species existing today. Thus, Asia has a diversity…

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Trees bees use

…materials for beehive production as well as providing people with a useful or valuable crop. As well as natural species some important commercial species such as avocado, carambola, cashew, macadamia,…

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Approaches to beekeeping

For at least 7,000 years human societies have been harvesting honey from bee colonies. Many species of social bee are used in both honey hunting and apiculture. Intermediate forms of…

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Honey bee biology & behaviour

…techniques using movable comb and frame hives. Other cavity nesting honey bee species, such as Apis cerana can also be kept in hives. In Asia, there are other species of…

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Bee importation

…threaten other species of honey bees and stingless bees, potentially reducing indigenous pollinators. It is possible that the introduction of Apis mellifera will cause local extinctions of Apis cerana. Where…

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Apis dorsata/laboriosa group

These species include the so-called giant honey bees (Apis dorsata and Apis laboriosa) that build a large, single comb in the open. This may be suspended down from a cliff,…

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Nosema

…of food between bees or when young bees clean up faecal material on contaminated combs. There are two described species of this parasite which affect honey bees, Nosema apis and…

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Varroa mites

Varroa mites (eg Varroa destructor and Varroa jacobsoni) are external parasites of honey bees. They can be seen with the naked eye. There are different species and a number of…

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Conservation & environment

…some parts of the world indigenous bee species are threatened by the importation of alien species which compete for food and dilute their genetic integrity. North Western Bee Products is…

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Honey bee races

…veins, tongue and hair lengths, or on genetic analysis which is rapidly increasing our understanding of the relationships between various species and races of honey bees. The great range of…

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Parasites of bees

…are the Asian honey bee species and with the globalisation of beekeeping, there is potential for this mite also to cross the species barrier into Apis mellifera with unknown consequences….

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Practical beekeeping

…Only the two cavity nesting species of honey bee, Apis cerana and Apis mellifera are capable of being contained in bee hives, and of these Apis mellifera is the most…

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Propolis

…for collecting propolis in order to make beekeeping easier, but this may have unintended consequences for bee nest hygiene. Not all honey bee species collect propolis. The Asian species Apis…

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Stingless bees

…and there are around 300 species. They live in perennial colonies ranging from a few dozen individuals to many thousands. Their social organisation, division of labour between workers and some…

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Apis cerana group

…separate species. Other honey bee species in Asia showing behaviour similar to Apis cerana are Apis koschevnikovi, Apis nigrocincta and Apis nuluensis. These gentle species of bees have long been…

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