Asian honey bees on Calla lilies

The Eastern honey bee, or Asian honey bee (Apis cerana), is endemic to much of Asia where has been cultivated for honey production for millenia. It is fairly similar to the European, or Western honey bee (Apis mellifera), but is slightly smaller and its flight is faster and more erratic. They are less domesticated and produce less…

Bees love lilies

Whilst taking pictures of water lilies in Queen Sirikit Botanic Gardens (Chiang Mai, Thailand) I noticed that there were bees feeding on the flowers.  Honey bees are generalists and visit a huge range of flowers, which they pollinate whilst feeding on their pollen and nectar.  There are five species of honey bee in Thailand and…