The largest bees in the world live in the Himalayan forests.


29.10.2019

Apis dorsata laboriosa

 The largest bees in the world live in the Himalayan forests. They are famous for the hallucinogenic properties of their honey. Nepalese collectors risk their lives to collect this honey.

 Bees of the species Apis dorsata laboriosa live on the rocks (Apis dorsata laboriosa), the bee's body reaches three centimeters in length. This subspecies is closely related to Apis dorsata bees, whose honey is no different. The thing is access to the flowers of rhododendron - it is found only in mountain bees.

 On the rocks grow poisonous rhododendrons (Rhododendron luteum and Rhododendron ponticum) their nectar and bees collect.

 Honey obtained from such nectar has really powerful properties. It is both a powerful hallucinogen and a recreational drug that can be used for medical purposes.

 In small doses, it can be effective in treating a range of diseases, ranging from high blood pressure and diabetes to sexual problems. In large doses, this honey can be dangerous or even fatal.

 Bees arrange large nests on steep cliffs, at an altitude of at least 2500 meters.

The diameter of these nests reaches one and a half meters and each can contain up to 60 kilograms of valuable honey. Therefore, getting to it is both difficult and dangerous, not even considering the risk of being bitten by angry bees. They collect honey twice a year - in the spring (during this period, honey is especially "crazy") and in the fall.