Apis florea/andreniformis group

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Apis florea/andreniformis group

Apis andreniformis and Apis florea arevery small-sized species of bees and their single comb nests are small too:  often no larger than 150-200cm wide.  Other names include the little honey bee, and sometimes (wrongly) the dwarf honey bee.  These bee species build a single-comb nest, usually fairly low down in bushes, or in the open, suspended from a branch or, in the case of Apis florea, a rock surface.

Apis andreniformis has been identified in South East Asia, Borneo, The Philippines and the southern Chinese peninsula, while Apis florea is indigenous from Oman spreading southeast through Asia as far as some of the islands of Indonesia and the Philippines.  In 1985, it was identified in Sudan and lately reported in Iraq.  However, it is only recently that Apis andreniformis has been recognised as a separate species. Consequently, some records for Apis florea may now prove to be Apis andreniformis.

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