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In eusocial insects, honeybees are most extensively studied for understanding complex social behavior but most of the behavioral studies are mainly focused on Western honeybee, Apis mellifera and there is very less work done on Asian honeybees. Thus, I’m focusing on studying various behavioral aspects of Asian honeybees especially open-nesting species; Apis florea and Apis dorsata.
We started an Urban bees project to monitor the location of the hives and record the arrival and departures of the Apis dorsata colonies in and around the Bangalore. We are also developing a “citizen science project” with web based and mobile based application system. This will not only aid us in monitor the location of the hives but also by involving the people in such a project we can bring awareness among the people about the ecological importance of honeybees.