Saturday, October 26, 2013

White stingless (?) bees in the North of Ethiopia.



I saw these bees in Northern Ethiopia. They are stingless with white eyes and legs. The abdomen is black and white colored and their size is about 2 cm. I didn’t find out the species (Macrogalea or Amegilla??), but the bees seem to be local common.
They seem to live in small colonies on sandy soils. This colony is placed near to a small river where they build the beehive in a sandy substrate with only 15 to 20 cm thickness over massive rock. These bees are locally used for honey production by removing the honey from wild colonies. Local people told me that they can earn 0.5 to 1 kg per colony. The honey is used for medical purposes. 

 Some single bees near to the nest:
Stingless Bee Ethiopia


Stingless Bees


Stingless Bees Northern Ethiopia
The place with the hives:



Bees on the nest entrance:

Stingless bees

Stingless bee colony Ethiopia


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