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Apis dorsata subspp.

Basic information
Scientific name Apis dorsata subspp. (No picture)
Common names Giant honey bee
Higher taxon Apidae, Apoidea, Hymenoptera
Natural range Southeast and South Asia (southern tip of continental China, Hainan Is., entire Indochina Peninsula, Philippines, Sumatra, Java, Borneo, Sulawesi, Timor, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, etc.). Philippines and Sulawesi populations are distinct subspecies, A. d. breviligula and A. d. binghami, respectively.
Habitat Nesting on under surfaces of thick branches of large trees, rocks on cliffs, eaves of buildings, etc.
There is a record of nesting on a branch of 50 m height. Nests usually exceed 1 m in diameter, and may harbor 30,000 to 50,000 bees.
Invasion information
Range in Japan Currently not established in Japan. A colony was temporarily established but eradicated in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Pref. Range in Japan
Origin
Date Recorded in 1995 at Kawasaki, Kanagawa Pref.
Route Accidental: Possibly hitchhiking on imported timber.
Impact
Regulation in Japan Import of honeybees to Japan is regulated (the Domestic Animal Infectious Diseases Control Law).
Introduced range in other countries
Reference Notes