Learn about the bees that produces our Trigona Itama honey
Stingless bees are sometimes called stingless honey bees or simply meliponines. These are a large group of bees, consisting of about 500 species, comprising the tribe Meliponini. They are also closely related to common honey bees, carpenter bees, orchid bees, and bumblebees.
Stingless bees can be found in the most tropical or subtropical regions of the world, such as Australia, Africa, Southeast Asia, and tropical America The majority of native eusocial bees of Central and South America are stingless bees, although only a few of them produce honey in amounts which might make humans interested to farm them for commercial purposes. Stingless bees are also quite diverse in Africa, including Madagascar and are also farmed there; meliponine honey is prized as a medicine in many African communities, as well as in South America.
Being tropical, stingless bees are active all year round with exception of the cooler seasons where they are comparatively less active but active nonetheless. Unlike other types of bees, they do not sting, but will defend by biting if their nest is disturbed.
Stingless bees usually nest in hollow trunks, tree branches, underground cavities, or rock crevices. However they have also been spotted in wall cavities, old rubbish bins, water meters, and storage drums.
The Balance of Ecology
Through our extensive research in apiculture, we understand that stingless bees play an important role in the ecosystem. We work with our farmers to ensure that this balance is maintained. As such, we enforce a strict set of rules.
The bees will never be artificially fed to increase yields
- The bees must never be restricted to harvest from a designated area
- The honey must be extracted without destruction of the hives
- Propolis extraction must be done in strict rotation
These rules allow our farmers to retrieve the natural produce of the stingless bees without harming the bees, nor upsetting the balance of ecology.
The Nuances of Nature
The bees that are kept by our farmers are considered free-ranged. The bees choose where to harvest, and when to harvest. Nature plays a part in the final produce and hence we do expect variations in colour and consistency. However, we do harvest in batches and this allows us to achieve better consistency of produce within the same batch.