Giant Asian honey bee is falling prey to air pollution
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14th Aug, 2020
- Apis dorsata produces more than 80% of India’s honey.
- Apis dorsata is giant honey bee native to South and Southeast Asia.
- They are typically around 17–20 mm long and known for their aggressive defence strategies and vicious behaviour when disturbed.
- Though not domesticated, the indigenous peoples have traditionally used this species as a source of honey and beeswax, a practice known as honey hunting.
- India is the world’s largest fruit producer, second-largest vegetable producer as well as the second-most populous country.
- The wild pollinator is an important contributor to India’s food security and ecosystems.
- 80% of all flowering plants rely on animal pollination, maximum of which would disappear without insect pollinators like honey bees.