Types of Bee's in Arizona
Problem Bee's in Arizona
Many people are most familiar with social bees because they can be more visible than solitary bees. Many social species produce substances that people use, like honey and beeswax, and people can see large groups of social bees feeding in orchards and gardens. But most bees aren't social - less than 15 percent of bees live in colonies.
The rest are solitary. They may exhibit some social tendencies, but they don't build large hives or store lots of extra honey. Instead, they build small nests that are big enough to hold a few eggs or a single egg. Sometimes, lots of solitary bees build their nests close together, but with the exception of mating and the occasional group defense of the nest site, these bees do not usually interact with each other.
Honeybee colonies, or hives, are perennial. A queen and her daughters use wax from the wax glands on their abdomens to build a wax comb hive that lasts them for generations. If the hive becomes overcrowded, the workers, who are all female, will raise a new queen by feeding her royal jelly from a gland on their heads throughout her development.
The old queen will leave the hive with about half of the workers (called a bee swarm) in order to establish a new hive, and the new queen will stay behind. The bees knew that they need to raise a new queen when they stop receiving enough queen substance - a pheromone that the queen produces in her mandible glands.
In a social bee hive there are 3 types of bees in the colony: The queen bee (which there is only one), drones, and workers.
- Queen bees only job is to find the new hive
location and produce 1000's of offspring's.
- Drones (males) are fast flyers adapted for mating, after which they die.
- Workers are sterile females who have a variety of jobs including building and protecting the hive, gathering pollen, feeding the larvae, drones and queen. Worker bees are the ones that will attack any perceived intruders and are the most dangerous.
Queen honeybee lays thousands of eggs. She places one egg into each cell in the brood area of the hive.
The queen bee has control over whether she lays male or female eggs, and she lays male eggs in slightly larger cells. If she uses stored sperm to fertilize the egg first, the larva that hatches is female. If she leaves the egg unfertilized, the larva that hatches is male.
This means that female bees inherit genes from their mothers and their fathers while male bees inherit only genes from their mothers which is how hives can be changed over to a Africanized honeybee hive.
European Honey Bees are a social bee brought to
North America from Europe by colonists, no bees are native to North America.
In 1957, beekeepers imported African honeybees to Brazil and then inadvertently released them into the wild. As they migrated North these bees mated with European honeybees, creating Africanized honey bees. These bees are nearly identical to European honeybees, but they tend to be far more aggressive when defending their nests. For this reason, the media has referred to them as "killer bees."
Africanized honeybees have spread from Brazil to other parts of Central and South America and most southern portions of the United States, including Florida, Texas, California and Arizona. These bees are most dangerous when people and animals venture too close or make loud sounds close to their established hives.
Africanized honeybees do produce honey and pollinate plants like other
honeybees do and can't be distinguished from European bees with out some
high tech equipment.
Carpenter Bees are solitary bees. They are big and black or golden in color. They will bore holes and tunnels to lay their eggs in unpainted or unfinished wood of a house or even a dying tree. Some people do mistake carpenter bees for bumblebees because of their size it is about the same only the colors are different.
Sweat Bees are small ground dwelling solitary bees
that will sometimes group together during mating season. Thousands of these
small bees can be seen flying every which way around the nesting areas.
Bumble Bees are larger than honey bees, usually bright yellow with black bands and unlike honey bees have annual nests. Each year, the queen mates in the fall and then spends the winter underground. In the spring, she emerges and builds a nest in which she lays eggs. When her daughters hatch, they become workers, and they help the queen enlarge the nest. At the end of the summer, the queen lays eggs that hatch into new queens and male drones. The drones gather at a mating site in order to mate with the queens from various colonies, and the cycle continues.
These bees aren't harmful and don't usually sting. There is no real method of control except power spraying the ground where the are nesting in several times to reduce the current number of bees.
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