Dwarf Honey Bee: 6. A new colony develops

on 2nd January 2019

Dwarf Honey Bee: 1. Colony; 2. What happens when it rains?; 3. Bees have absconded; 4. A piece of damaged comb; 5. Invasion of Wax Moth.

Remnants of the old comb.

About five weeks after the Dwarf Honey Bee (Apis andreniformi) absconded, a new colony was seen developing near the old abandoned colony in the same Golden Penda tree (Xanthostemon chrysanthus). The new colony (below) is about 2 metres high, slightly lower than the old colony (above).

New colony.

The Bush Grape (Cayratia mollissima) covering my fence next to the tree has been flowering profusely all the time LINK. Swarms of Dwarf Honey Bees were seen daily, collecting nectar from the flowers – see video below.

We will be monitoring this second colony to see whether it will develop to its full potential. Or whether the Wax Moths will attack the colony again. Or the Honey Buzzard (Pernis ptilorhyncus) will raid the colony for its honeycomb, as in the case of a nearby colony some months back LINK.

YC Wee & Dr Leong Tzi Meng
9th December 2018

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YC Wee

Dr Wee played a significant role as a green advocate in Singapore through his extensive involvement in various organizations and committees: as Secretary and Chairman for the Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch), and with the Nature Society (Singapore) as founding President (1978-1995). He has also served in the Nature Reserve Board (1987-1989), Nature Reserves Committee (1990-1996), National Council on the Environment/Singapore Environment Council (1992-1996), Work-Group on Nature Conservation (1992) and Inter-Varsity Council on the Environment (1995-1997). He is Patron of the Singapore Gardening Society and was appointed Honorary Museum Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) in 2012. In 2005, Dr Wee started the Bird Ecology Study Group. With more than 6,000 entries, the website has become a valuable resource consulted by students, birdwatchers and researchers locally and internationally. The views and opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not represent those of LKCNHM, the National University of Singapore or its affiliated institutions.

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