Bees for Development respects your right to privacy so the only web cookies this website deploys are those which are strictly necessary for its correct operation and which enhance the experience of our site visitors – no personally identifiable information is collected. If you continue to browse our website we will assume that you are happy with our policy and to receive cookies from our website. If you choose to follow a link to third-party website please be aware that other organisations may have different cookie deployment policies from our own. You can change your cookie preferences in your web browser at any time.
The specialist international beekeeping organisation
Bees for Development 64 Text on this website
By Soesilawati Hadisoesilo Forest and Nature Conservation Research and Development Indonesia. The giant honeybee Apis dorsata is one of Indonesia's indigenous honeybee species. It is distributed widely over the Indonesian archipelago excluding the Mollucas and West Papua. Attempts to manage Apis dorsata in ways used for the cavity-nesting honeybees always fail.1 However in some parts of Indonesia local techniques are used to manage Apis dorsata colonies so that honey harvest is easier. This technique is similar to â€œrafter beekeepingâ€?