General Bee Fact Sheets
PDF fact sheets are a free download from MAAREC. General information about bees, beekeeping, and africanized bees is provided.
Honey bees are, perhaps, the insects with the best public
image. We see them as industrious (“busy as a bee”) and we
appreciate their main product, honey, as setting the standard
for all that is ecstatically wonderful and sweet.
Honey bees are kept by many persons as a hobby or as a
sideline. Apiculture, which is the keeping of bees and a study
of their life and habits, holds a fascination for people in all
walks of life – both young and old.
The Africanized bee is a “wild” bee that is not
comfortable being around people or animals. Any colony of
European or Africanized bees will defend its hive, but
Africanized bees do so with gusto. These bees are more
likely to sense a threat at greater distances, become more
upset with less reason, and sting in much greater numbers.
This fact sheet covers some of the major biological features that beekeepers need to understand.