Paper on Apis dorsata csd gene and their photos

Our most recent paper: http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0034436
MSU news: http://news.msu.edu/story/promiscuous-queen-bees-maintain-genetic-diversity/
A nice blog about it: http://www.earthtimes.org/nature/giant-polyandrous-bees/1932/
Photos of Apis dorsata by yours truely: http://www.beetography.com/Honey-Bees/3-Giant-Honey-Bees/

I cannot help to post a few of these amazingly beautiful bees now.

Bees from Xishuangbanna, Yunan, China. These are the same color as Apis dorsata from Thailand or Nepal. Taken 2001, Nikon coolpix 990 (3.2 megapix point and shoot).

1. Apid dorsata foraging on a Salix.

2. Apis dorsata foraging on an Ilex.

3. A dorsata hovering on a Pichara flower.

4. Two dorsata and one anthrophoridae foraging on a delenia flower.

The black form of Apis dorsata. Previous recognized as subsepecies (Apis dorsata breviligula Maa), now it is considered as another species (Apis breviligula) . Taken 2004, in the Phillipines, same camera as above.

5. Watching these hornets like bees can be mesmerising! I must be pretty close to the bees with a 3x zoom on that camera (I believe).

6. Dr. Debra Smith (Univ of Kansas) and Dr. Woyke (Poland) watching the bees upclose. The colony was in the field of a type squash (chayote).

7. I was chosen (chased!) by this bee who stung me and I could not help to shoot her between my fingers…here you can see large she is!

8. Driving the bees away using a giant smoker. This is a different colony and Dr. Denis Anderson was trying to hunt for Tropilaepes.

The yellow form of Apis dorsata in Nepal. Taken with a Nikon D90. I was there volunteering for two weeks in 2006.

9. Apis dorsata foraging on Justicea.

10. A giant bee foraging on a type of citrus flowers (probably a type of gradefruit).

11. Head on toward my camera…

12. There was one colony at someone’s yard.

Zachary (posting from Fujian, China)

2 thoughts on “Paper on Apis dorsata csd gene and their photos

  1. Alejandro Fajardo Jr

    Great photos! I remember the moment vividly! Dr. Cervancia and Drs Urech/Urich (Maria and Jerzey) and the rest of the “intrepid” bee researchers got chased and ended up invading a nearby residence “illegally” in their effort to evade the swarm of bees! Dr. de Guzman hiding underneath the bushes and vines nearby and (poor) Dr. Woyke got stung on his back as we were left out in the open. I think I still have the video. The picture with Dr. Smith was after the chase.

    The same thing happened to Dr. Anderson in Bohol with Dr. Navajas/Navaja (?) when a local “hunter” disturbed a colony without smoke…. :)

    Apis dorsata breviligula or Apis breviligula… which is the internationally recognized name? would it be possible to ask for a copy of the papers for the nomenclature?

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