New on Featured Creatures! Asian honey bee (suggested common name)

We are pleased to announce a new article on Featured Creatures!

Take a sneak peek with this excerpt from the article: The Asian honey bee, Apis cerana Fabricius (Fig. 1), occurs in southern Asia. There are eight recognized subspecies of Apis cerana, including Apis cerana cerana and Apis cerana indica. Both Apis cerana cerana and Apis cerana indica are managed for honey production and crop pollination, similarly to how western honey bees, Apis mellifera L., are used in the United States. Apis cerana is a natural host to two major honey bee pests, Varroa destructor and Nosema ceranae, both of which also infect Apis mellifera. Furthermore, Apis cerana has expanded beyond it native range and there is particular concern about its spread into Australia.

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Figure 1. An adult worker (non-reproductive female) of Apis cerana. Photograph by Charles Lam via Flickr, CC-BY-SA-2.0.

Available at: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/misc/bees/Apis_cerana.htm

Authors:  Ashley A. Egelie, Ashley N. Mortensen, Jennifer L. Gillett-Kaufman, and James D. Ellis, Entomology and Nematology Department, University of Florida