Asian honey bee

The Asian honey bee also is known as the Eastern honey bee, is part of the genus Apis cerana. The Asian honey bee is similar to the European honey bee but smaller in size. It is native to South East Asia and lives in several different countries including China, India, Japan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Indonesia. It has also recently been introduced in Papua New Guinea, Australia, and the Solomon Islands. A recent study confirms that the presence of this species has unfortunately decreased mainly in Afghanistan, Bhutan, China, India, Japan, and South Korea. In addition, there has also been a decrease in production. This decline is mainly due to the conversion of forests into rubber and palm oil plantations. Likewise, this specie has also been effective by the introduction of Apis Mellifera. This introduction led by South East Asian beekeepers took place due to the higher bee productivity. However, it has brought forth the appearance of various diseases in the Asian bee.

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