Encyclopedia of Social Insects

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Dwarf Honey Bees (Apis (Micrapis))

  • Benjamin P. OldroydEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-90306-4_38-1

Synonyms

Apis andreniformis;Apis florea;Micrapis

Of the approximately 12 species of honey bees (genus Apis), two stand out for their small size and distinctive nest form: the black dwarf honey bee Apis andreniformis and the red dwarf honey bee Apis florea [ 6, 8, 11] (Fig. 1). Both are tiny, with a worker forewing length of just 6–7 mm, compared to about 10 mm for the western honey bee A. mellifera. The dwarf species also stand out for their nest form: a single comb built around a twig (Figs. 1b, 3), in contrast to the cavity-nesting honey bees (multiple combs in a cavity) and the giant honey bees (a single comb built under a support).
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Science, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Ecology and EvolutionThe University of SydneySydneyAustralia