Honey gathering by people in the interior of East Kalimantan

publication date: Sep 8, 2010
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Bee World Vol.71 (3) 1990 pp.153-157
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Honey gathering by people in the interior of East Kalimantan


Abubakar M Lahjie and B Seibert


The giant Asian honeybee Apis dorsata - The giant or rock honeybee, Apis dorsata, is a major honey-producing honeybee species of the humid tropics of Asia. It builds a single-comb nest in the open, and lives mainly in forests, including those of mangrove. A large forest tree with thick, horizontal branches may carry up to 50 or more combs up to 2 m2 in area. The taxonomic position of a rather similar honeybee sometimes referred to as A. laboriosa is currently under review. According to Mardan and Zainal, besides man, the Malayan bear (Helaretus malayanus) is the main mammalian enemy of A. dorsata. The bees therefore select inaccessible or otherwise protected places to build their combs, and steep, rocky overhangs are used as well as branches of certain tree species. Infestation by micro organisms is inhibited by A. dorsata's selection of nest sites that are exposed to the sun and wind.

KeywordsHoney Gathering, East Kalimantan, Apis dorsata, giant/rock honeybee
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