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Honey Bee

Scientific NameApis cerana Fabricus
Common NameHoney Bee, Madhu Makhi (Hindi), Thenee (Tamil)
DistributionThroughout India

In religion and mythology

Several tribes revere the honey bee, from which they obtain honey and wax. Honey is the major food for many of these tribes.

The Jenu Kurumba of Karnataka depend on harvesting honey and wax, which is their sole livelihood. (Ardhya, 2005) The Kurumbas of the Nilgiris climb up sheer rock faces to collect honey from the bee hives hanging in to rock edges. As this is their livelihood, they paint beautiful pictures of hanging rocks and climbing up to the honeycombs to celebrate their occupation.

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