By Hasnoor Hussain
These glowing embers come from 'bintang' or 'star torches', as they brush against a giant honey bee (Apis dorsata) hive in the Ulu Muda rainforest in northwestern Malaysia. The embers distract the bees, allowing people to harvest the honey. Due to the behavior of the bees, the harvesting of honey is normally done on a moonless night. Giant honey bees pollinate half of the rainforest, while sucking nectar from more than 180 flowering plants. Without them, the entire ecosystem would be affected.