3 Common Honey Bee Types

3 Common Honey Bee Types

Maybe you are interested in beekeeping or perhaps you just want to know more about honey bees. In either case learning about the different types of bees can help in identifying which bees are more suites for beekeeping than others. Effectively, all honey bees cannot be domesticated. Truly, certain bees don’t tolerate a lot of disturbance while others do.  Within this article I hope to give you some indication about 3 common honey bees’ types as well as the two types of bees as far as behavioral differences are concerned.

Social or Solitary

There are effectively two known types of bees if one considers the behavioral dimension. In fact, there are solitary bees and social bees. What are solitary bees and what are social bees? Solitary bees are bees that do not live in a colony. ON the other hand, social bees are bees that do the contrary, meaning that the queen the workers and the drones live all in a colony.

Disturbance Level

Now that we have mentioned the previous types of bees as far as behavior is concerned, it can be remarked that bees also differ in their tolerance of disturbances. In fact, certain colonies may abandon their hives because of disturbances. However, the level of disturbances tolerated by bees varies. Some bees can tolerate more disturbances than others.


One is The Apis Florae

With that being said, let’s concentrate on social bees and introduce 4 common honey bees’ types. First of beginning with bees that don’t tolerate a lot of disturbance we have the apis florae. As mentioned earlier, if the apis florae feels disturbed it is likely to leave its hive. Bees from this type are characterized by a smaller size when compared to other honey bees. Moreover it can be said of the apis florae that they build single comb hive and are generally found in forest as well as in lush, areas of farming.

Talking About the Apis Dorsata

Secondly, The rock bee or apis dorsata is another type of honeybee. It is characterized by a bigger when compared to the others honey bees.  Nonetheless, the apis dorsata shares some similarities with the apis florae or dwarf bee. Effectively, the rock bee also may abandon its hive because of disturbances. Additionally, the apis dorsata, construct single comb hives like the apis florae. Their hive can also be found suspended like those of the dwarf bees. Having the hive suspended 5 meters above the ground can serve as a protection against honey predators of a larger size.

And, the Apis Cerena

In the third position comes the apis cerena, which differs particularly from the dwarf and rock bees in the fact that the apis cerena can live and be raised in man-made beehives. Moreover, the apis cerena build their hives differently. Effectively instead of the single comb hives particular to the two other honey bees types, here we have the parallel comb hives. Concerning the size of these bees, because the apis cerena can be found in countries with a variety of climates, a single size for this type of bees cannot be given. What is the link between the countries climates and the size of the bees? In fact, the climate seems to have an influence on the size of the bees. Consequently, due because of the variety of places with diverse climates where the oriental honey bee can be found, the bees also have different sizes.

This is just a preview of what can actually be learned about bees and beekeeping in general.  As mentioned earlier, bees are known to either be social or solitary. Regarding the fours common honey bees types, were included the apis florae, the rock bee or apis dorsata, the apis mellifera and the oriental honey bee or apis cerena.


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