Urban Honey Hunting – Harvesting honey of wild Giant Honey bees – Apis dorsata – in Bangalore

Ten days back I showed the wild bees on our neighbour’s house – some giant honey bees, apis dorsata: http://youtu.be/kMtFkepZWLo Now, they had filled their h…

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guitarguy51486 says:

The man with no fear!

Toastie2win says:

Wow this guys a boss

bangalorebobbel says:

well I am not sure how it works – the smoke may play an important role but the bees didn’t attack – neither the man nor the kids nor the bystanders (as I was one), even though the smoke was only there near the nest and could not mask our smell.

For me it was like a miracle, since here in India people are commonly attacked when they disturb wild bees in their hives, even dead cases are reported after such attacks. The bees don’t only attack the aggressors but everybody around, in such cases.

Pawlee Pavillion says:

I’m amazed that the bees didn’t swarm on that guy and the kids. Secret must be the smoke; calming affect that I presume mask the scent of human as threat and why the bees didnt’ swarm/sting that man. I’m amazed that the man was sweeping the bees away with his hands and didnt’ get stung!!

Musiconwings says:

OMG

bangalorebobbel says:

apis dorsata is a wild bee with strong migrating habits – so it would not make much sense to send it somewhere by mail … imho

marc bee says:

does anyone know if the Apis dorsata can be purchased and sent via mail,u.p.s ect

bangalorebobbel says:

yes I think also they must be closely related, either his kids or other close relatives.
Maybe the kids wear kinda ‘working dress’ useful for climbing updown buildings and dealing with bees and honey and so on. They came some while back again here, trying to sell honey – on that day all of them were normally dressed, wearing slippers and so on.

bangalorebobbel says:

thanks 😉

redpillplease says:

I meant a sort of every day sort of occurrence that is unique to India in a delightful way (usually). I’m wondering if those 2 little children are the honey harvester man’s children. The younger child has only a pink string holding up his pants and both have no shoes.

redpillplease says:

Those 2 little children are marvelous…they’re dressed for the part, too, in their own ‘bee’ tank tops. My absolute favourite part is when you filmed all of them together smiling after they come down. It’s another wonderful, run-of-the-mill sort of story but only in India. Enjoyed every second. thanks!

bangalorebobbel says:

Happy to hear that everything got solved now, hope You enjoy some tasty honey in the new year!

nanarayanan says:

Thanks for your help. Lalith came today and harvested honey. Though we were intending to leave it, we were worried about the passers-by, especially small children, throwing stones at the beehive; this had happened twice when we were at home.

bangalorebobbel says:

Sir, accidentially this honey hunter came just now once more in our road – his mobile number is 9686553392, Mr. Lalith.

Joseph Vegan says:

wow !

bangalorebobbel says:

Sorry I am just back from my neighbours, asking them for contact details, but unluckily they don’t have this man’s number or so. Seems he only came around here in our area in search of bee hives and contacted them, whether he should remove the bees.
If You search for a honey hunter, maybe the UAS, University of Agricultural Sciences in Bangalore can help, they have an apiculture dept. there and maybe the scientists do know such honey hunter people. (found 080 23636 346 in the net)

nanarayanan says:

If you have, pls share the contact details of the person who helped remove the beehive.

bangalorebobbel says:

yes, but of course: this is not a simple stone but the traditional manifestation of a tare weight button 😉

Suranjan Gupta says:

weighting with a stone?

bangalorebobbel says:

danke 😉
ja, das gehört so mit zu meinen erstaunlichsten Erlebnissen der letzten Wochen – man liest hier nahezu wöchentlich von Bienenattacken, nach denen Dutzende von Leuten im Krankenhaus landen, die Bienen können wirklich extrem ausrasten.

Aber, wie zu sehen: mit know how, coolness und ausreichend Handystrahlung klappt das hier perfekt 😉

Naturliebe says:

Was für eine geninale Aufnahme und was für ein Job….Wahnsinn!
Als er sein Handy lässig raus holte…mußte ich lachen.
Sowas von locker und cool der Kerl.
Danke fürs Zeigen.
LG Tito

bangalorebobbel says:

ja, das ist ein unerschöpfliches Sujet – wenn ich an die schiefköpfigen Mopedfahrer, abgelenkten Verkehrspolizisten, Maler am Seil, Fischverkäufer, Fischer im Coracle, Kabelverleger, Reispflanzer etc. denke … und Autofahren, Bus- oder LKW-Steuern ohne Cell ist wahrscheinlich gar nicht mehr erlaubt …
Manchmal denke ich schon, die einzigen, die nicht dauernd telefonieren, sind die Telefongesellschaften – bei meiner geht jedenfalls manchmal ewig keiner ran, wenn ich mal ein Problem habe …

blessall4ever says:

Au ja, lass uns eine neue Serie angehen. Cellphone in allen Lebens-Lagen… ich denk da grade an die herrschaftlichen Pinkelreihen am Kanal:(

bangalorebobbel says:

Ja, das stammt aus “Typisch indisch!”, Folge 1 – Inder und Mobiltelefone.
Hätte dafür auch noch eine Szene vom Klorohrreiniger meines Vertrauens, wie der mit der einen Hand die Bambus-Stange durch die Soße stuchert und mit der anderen Hand das Telefon ans Ohr hält – leider nur in Erinnerung, (noch) nicht mit der Cam erfasst …

blessall4ever says:

Nach mehrmaliger Betrachtung bleibt mein Lieblingsmoment jener, wo der Jäger nach hinten langt und ich nach seiner Miene urteilend denke, nun hat ihn ein Stich erwischt… und dann war’s nur das mobile, was störte. Das gibt’s doch nur im Film!!!*****

blessall4ever says:

OMG Maja & Willi! Ich kann nicht mehr!:D

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