Natural History Publications (Borneo). 262 pages Octavo, dustwrapper, colour photographs, line drawings.
This book is a reliable and fascinating guide to one of Borneo’s natural wonders – the diversity of honey bees, their intriguing societies and their adaptations to the complex tropical environment. An array of unique, spectacular photographs allow the reader to visit the giant honey bees (Apis dorsata) in the canopy of the highest Koompassia. Many aspects of Honey bee natural history and honey production are covered.
1. Why study Honey bees in Borneo?
2. Single-mother families with cryptic fathers
3. Who is who in Honey bees?
4. Fossil ancestors and extant relatives of Honey bees
5. A phylogeny in spite of missing evidence
6. Tropical mobility
7. Mating behaviour of Honey bees and reproduction
8. Food communication
9. Food resources
10. Colony defence against predators and parasites: a natural balance
11. Traditional honey-gathering
12. Keeping Apis dorsata for honey production
13. Keeping Apis cerana for honey production
14. Importation of Apis mellifera to Borneo
15. Equal rights for Asian honey.