Are there native honeybees that pollinate and make honey?Does it "matter" that bees are "africanized", or is that a meme?
>>4169912Only north american one is the bumble bee.b
>>4169912The traditional honey bee is from Europe and we made it less aggressive. The African ones are more aggressive.
>>4169912Africanized just means agressive for no reason, much like their namesake.They can still make honey.European honey bees were domesticated by the people of that continent going back thousands of years.I'm not so sure if that is true for the African variant.Also this >>4169930.
>>4169912European honey bees don't pollinate north american plants properly, and they push out native insects that do.Fuck 'em let them die.
>my fellow honey bees, we must accept Africanized bees on our lands, otherwise the hive won't survive
>>4169930I like bumblebees, so derpy looking and cute and they never sting you. Used to see a lot more of em as a kid but see em less around here these days.
>>4169912Like their namesake, africanized bees commit more crime and attack in larger groups. Otherwise, unlike their namesake, they are very hard working.
>>4169912There’s over 4000 species of north american bees and most are excellent pollinators (some even pollinate commercial crops that honey bees can’t); unfortunately, about 90% of them are solitary and a native north american honey bee has been extinct for millions of years. The only bees left nearby that make enough decent-tasting honey a human could feasibly harvest are some of the thousands of species of stingless bees native to south mexico, central, & south america. There’s a few recorded colonies of them living in the us along the us/mexico border, but they’re technically not considered native to north america.Australia’s native stingless bee is often kept fairly successfully over there, if you want to read care guides that are in english and are possibly broadly similar to the stingless bees of mexico. Info about the central/south american stingless bees usually is just cribbed together from interviews with the natives and only a little of it tends to be in english. A honeybee carrying african genes “matters” in the sense that there are some legal issues in some places about being required to kill your hive if they suspect/test positive even though they aren’t particularly aggressive. Or being required to import marked queens from known genetics instead of raising your own you like from your old hives or feral bees. The only other reason it matters is because many africanized honeybees tend to be more and also persistently aggressive and will continue to attack for a far longer distance than regular honeybees. They also split the colony and swarm more often, which spreads them around into new colonies faster.
>>4170416Since bumblebees have annual nests, besides pesticides and habitat loss, some imported bumblebees spread enough disease around to fuck up (to the point of possibly extinction) some of the native bumblebees.