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Apis Dorsata refers to
A. Rock bee
B. Little bee
C. Indian bee
D. European bee

Last updated date: 19th Jun 2024
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Hint: Apis dorsata is among the largest species of bees. It is also known as giant honey bee. As with all species of honey bees, they are generalists and they visit a broad range of plants for food. They may look far brighter and more contrasting in color than common honeybees.

Complete answer:
Apis dorsata or giant honey bee is among the largest in the species of bees. They have body length ranging from 17 to 20 mm and a forewing length ranging from 12 to 15 mm. As in other species of honey bees, depending on the race, Apis dorsata is highly variable in coloration, which is also associated with distribution. Their nests are typically constructed in exposed or open and conspicuous areas such as, rock cliffs, tall trees, or even buildings. Usually the nests are aggregated and it is not uncommon to find 10 to 25 nests in the same area or even on a single tree.
These are remarkable for having a well-organized mass defense reaction, where if an intruder is marked by being stung; they can be followed kilometers away. In addition to this, a single colony of Apis dorsata could migrate between 100 to 200 km every year, and it is dependent on the rainy and dry seasons. They are also known as rock bees.

Hence, the correct answer is option (A).

Note: There are three recognized subspecies: A. dorsata dorsata, with a broader distribution; A. d. brevilingua with a broader metasoma and has shorter range of body size, intermediate forewing length, a short tongue and is found in the Philippines; and A. d. binghami or the Indonesian honey bee which has a forewing and longer tongue compared to A. d. brevilingua and they are only found in Sulawesi, Indonesia.