The difference between stingless and honeybee

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Despite our frequent coverage of the honeybee and stingless bees, it appears that most farmers are yet to understand the difference between the two types of bees. We have received several questions from farmers who want to know the difference between the two types of bees.

We try to show the difference between the two types of bees. It is easy to distinguish between stingless bees from the honeybee. Stingless bees are smaller in size (see pictures). While the honeybee can sting to attack their enemies, stingless bees bite instead. Names for stingless bees which can help farmers distinguish them from the honeybee are ikora, inasasa, iwere, vuyuyi and vusutsi (Luhya) Njore (Kikuyu) ngilu (kamba) siambiri (Meru), kosomek (Kalenjin).

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