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Author Topic: Remember those 500 hives in the tree? They cast off swarms.  (Read 1370 times)
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« on: January 28, 2008, 07:46:42 AM »

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Bees_add_to_IT_city_buzz/articleshow/2736057.cms

From the article:
For the past three months, wildlife rescuers in the city are receiving at least five calls per day to remove the hives in apartments, shopping malls and individual houses.

At least they rescue the bees.

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« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2008, 01:27:25 PM »

I remember looking at a picture of that tree, never will forget it, its imbeded in my mind, forever. With that many hives they were bound to cast swarms, probably not the first time its happened.


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« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2008, 10:00:44 PM »

from what i understand -It is a characteristic of DORSATA to have multiple colonies in one location-they also build open air colonies -which means they dont enter voids or seek outside protection -like ligusta  or melifera- they are also larger-and prone to mass sting episodes when provoked -  they also forage in the moonlight  cool RDY-B                                                               http://photo.bees.net/gallery/dorsata/dorsata_nest_guarding_edges
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« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2008, 12:07:05 AM »

http://www.hindu.com/2008/01/04/stories/2008010454310400.htm

Think these are melifera.


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« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2008, 12:30:53 AM »

The banyan tree is largely surrounded by eucalyptus trees whose flowers are a major source of nectar to the bees. During the monsoon, the size of the colony reduces as therock bees migrate due to lack of flowering in the eucalyptus trees.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apis_dorsata_laboriosa         they are dosata or laboriosa -they also speak of there uniqe migratory trate- cool RDY-B     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apis_dorsata
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« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2008, 12:48:49 AM »

ALSO take note they live on a singal comb that becomes huge with large colonys Here is some things you will find familar with mellifera-----------------A. mellifera has 24 different races. Winston (1978) gave a good overview of various races and I will only cover the most common ones. A. mellifera ligustica is the so called "Italian" bees and is perhaps the most common bees kept, although by and large, most bees kept in North America has become a mix of ligustica and a few other races. The Italian bees are golden yellow and winters in large population, with a high consumption of honey during the winter. A. mellifera scutellata is the African bee, which was introduced to the Brazil in 1957. This race is the most defensive race among all honey bees and will mass attack a human or animal with 500 to 5000 stings. Other races almost never do that. With that many stings a person will die (even if not allergic) due to venom toxicity, if not treated medically right away. A. mellifera carnica (Carniolan bees) are also widely bred and used in North America due to their gentleness. Bees are darker and overwinter in smaller populations. A. m. capensis (Cape bees) is another African bee also causing problems in Africa. This bee has a high rate of parthenogensis so that workers can produce worker and queen offspring even though they are never mated. The workers also develop their ovaries easily and become ‘false’ queens. These features enable the cape bee workers to invade other non-Cape bee colonies, kill the queen, and become a false queen and laying mostly drone eggs but some do become workers, the workers grow up and repeat the cycle to invade more colonies, causing a large economic loss to beekeepers because the invaded colony eventual die off.
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« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2008, 12:50:07 AM »

Always thought they all looked a lot like a hive full of queens.


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« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2008, 12:52:58 AM »

YA to bad they are defensive they are cool looking  cool RDY-B 
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