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  •  stingless bees (9+ / 0-)

    sounds like my kind of bee

    i have a bee phobia

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    by TrueBlueMajority on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 07:41:03 AM PST

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    •  India also has stingless bees, I believe. (5+ / 0-)

      I'm surprised that Panama wasn't overrun by the Africanized bees that have made their way up to the southern US.

      •  I'm sure they are in Panama (1+ / 0-)
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        I just don't think the area I live in was ever prime European honey bee habitat. It's largely cattle pastures, patches of remnent forest, etc.

        Now, southern California, that is AHB habitat. I dealt with some really nasty hives there.

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        by Karl Rover on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 05:17:59 PM PST

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    •  Most Bees are reluctant to sting... (14+ / 0-)

      For bee's a sting is a life ending event with the stinger ripping the end of their abdomen off, as it is barbed and doesn't pull out easily... They would rather live to work another day...

      The exception in the bee family is the African Bee or, an Africanized Colony which are very aggressive...

      A good part of the sting notoriety comes from yellow jackets and wasps which can sting repeatedly and have no redeeming value... LOL  (Of course they do have their place in nature, but they lack the sweetness to make honey)

      Years ago when I was in the service stationed in Idaho a friend of mine was a BeeKeeper and he had found 2 colonies that had swarmed and gone wild, which made them his for the taking. They were inside the walls of an old abandoned shack up in the mountains, all we had to do was go take them. I had expressed an interest and he invited me to go along.

      After telling me how to do the work and giving the short course on the techniques and gear we set off. On arrival we donned our gear, and we set up the hives inside the shack where we were going to open the walls. All we had to do was open the wall and move the honeycomb and brood into his hives along with most of the bees. The others would follow.

      There was only one hitch...
      As we were gearing up he realized that we had forgotten a second set of gloves!

      I quickly volunteered to stand aside and just be a spectator where I didn't need gloves. He said, that it was okay he could do it without gloves, and despite transferring handfuls of thousands of bees at a time from one hive to another he might not even get stung. He then said that he might get stung, and if he did he would have to immediately go outside and take a break as the sting would trigger a release of endorphins which could trigger additional stings...

      Several hours later we had successfully transferred the 2 rogue colonies into his hives and placed the queen excluder (a small grid device which keeps the queen captive in the hive) in the hive, the other bees not moved will follow the queen.

      In the course of the day working barehanded transferring thousands of bees at a time in each handful he had indeed been stung but only twice. He said, "It was my own fault, I probably squeezed them too hard."

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      by Oldestsonofasailor on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 01:22:19 PM PST

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    •  I collected bugs as a kid, got stung many times. (2+ / 0-)
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      Now I regret the ones I killed, and (with the exception of ants and flies) go out of my way not to harm insects.

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      by magnetics on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 09:11:25 PM PST

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    •  Yucatan has stingless bees which make an (2+ / 0-)
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      amazing honey.  Most in the US are unaware of this because it is such a delicacy that Japan and other importers frequently buy up the entire output. Something about the type of bees, the tropical flowers, etc, makes it just wonderful honey.

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      by YucatanMan on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 09:13:42 PM PST

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      •  Here's some more info: (3+ / 0-)
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        A Different Kind of Beekeeping Takes Flight

        Made up of more than 600 species, each of which makes its own version of honey, this tribe of bees lives throughout the world’s tropics.

        Like honeybees, they are social and form colonies with a queen and workers, many of which collect nectar from various flowers before bringing it back home to churn painstakingly into honey.

        But stingless bees are pickier than their European counterparts about what flowers they visit, making them important for keeping certain tropical forests healthy.

        Their honey, too, is different, containing more water ...

        Stingless bee honey also has a variety of medicinal uses. Numerous reports attest to its antibiotic properties, no surprise to native people worldwide who use it to treat eye infections and wounds.

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        by YucatanMan on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 09:19:39 PM PST

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