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Indonesian Giant Honey Bee

Apis dorsata binghami

Description:

Apis dorsata are found in south and southeast Asia, and have never been domesticated. However, that doesn't stop honey hunters from collecting honey from wild colonies, a dangerous undertaking as the bees are very defensive.

Habitat:

Seen in the middle of the town of Sungaipenuh, near the Kerinci Seblat National Park, Sumatra, Indonesia.

Notes:

This huge mass of bees suddenly appeared on the tree of a nearby home the other day. Thankfully, after two days they moved on without any incident, and weren't building a new hive as we had feared. Notice their "defensive wave" at about the 8 second mark in the video, warning whatever perceived threat they see (I believe a passing motorcycle) to back off.

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3 Comments

Cheryl Lee
Cheryl Lee 4 years ago

Wow! That is impressive ~ nice shots!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 4 years ago

Give that a whack with a stick and see what happens!! I can here it buzzing away from here. Very impressive photos, Luke. Well spotted... and cheers for the video. A nice touch :-)

It's huge!

Jambi, Indonesia

Lat: -2.07, Long: 101.39

Spotted on Feb 6, 2013
Submitted on Feb 8, 2013

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