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Asian Bees


Honey bees in a nest that is about 4 to 5 feet long, found today on a acacia tree in my back yard...must be thousands of bees on it.. did not dare to go any closer due to a possible sting or stings, it appers to be black with yellow striped abdomen., they are about the size of my pinky nail.


Trees, in areas no so close to the ground, but this hive was only 4 feet from the ground... Asia,North Borneo Sabah Malaysia.


Many people today worry about me being near this hive, we are not allowed to be in photos in i was only 3 feet from it....If i dont anything so stupid i wont get stung right... :)

1 Species ID Suggestions

Indonesian Giant Honey Bee
Apis dorsata binghami Apis dorsata

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luke.mackin 6 years ago

Getting stung by one, not so bad. Getting stung by 10,000...maybe a problem ;)

ChunXingWong 6 years ago

I love these guys (or girls?)
After getting stung by one, I became less afraid of them knowing that their stings wasn't so bad. However, their stings might cause some real problem to those who are allergic to insect stings.

MrJohn 6 years ago

You got to have some fortitude to get right up on of a hive of that size. Awesome photo set, thanks for sharing.

luke.mackin 6 years ago

And you need to be very careful! I had a friend with these in their backyard. Easily angered, and extremely dangerous when agitated. They put a number of her neighbors in the hospital...almost killed some. You need to find a local honey hunter and have him remove it (probably the payment of honey will be enough).

luke.mackin 6 years ago

I'm pretty sure those bees are bigger than your pinky nail! Look like Indonesian Giant Honey Bee (Apis dorsata binghami) to me.

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Sabah, Malaysia

Lat: 6.17, Long: 116.22

Spotted on Jun 2, 2013
Submitted on Jun 2, 2013

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