Indian rock bees, Apis dorsata, are slowly disappearing from the forests in the face of human interference, people say. As their name suggests, rock bees create colonies below rock cliffs and trunks of huge trees, usually inaccessible to people. They are a dependable source of honey, which is in good demand.
Unlike other honeybees, Indian rock bees never settle down in an area polluted by air or sound. Studies say they are a wild species, similar to Apis laboriosa, and live in places away from human interference. They help in pollinating flowers on tall trees. When their natural habitat is disturbed, they move to tall trees or vacant buildings in human habitations.