Apis florea Fabricius 1787:305

  • Friedrich Ruttner


The Dwarf Honeybee has found its ecological niche in the stratum of dense bushes and small trees of the tropics. This biotope requires small nests and small body size, and special adaptations for survival. A. florea is the most peculiar Apis species in several ways (Free 1981). Generally it is regarded as a species on a relatively low phylogenetic level within the genus. In several characteristics, however, it is certainly a very differentiated species, remote from the general line of evolution observed in the other Apis species.


Nest Site Fore Wing Waggle Dance Queen Cell Brood Comb 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Friedrich Ruttner
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  1. 1.Lunz am SeeAustria

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