Sunday, January 25, 2015

Africanized Killer Bees Pollinating Brazilian Pepper Tree Blossoms

Honey Bee's love the blossom clusters of the invasive Brazilian Pepper Tree in Florida. I'm not a bee expert, but these appear to be invasive Africanized Bees or the so-called "killer bees" or some kind of hybrid. It's not easy to tell. I suspect these are indeed wild bees and not from anybodies hive. Besides being invasive in Florida, the Brazilian Pepper tree is mildly toxic like poison ivy so I'm not sure what the effect of mixing it in with the honey would be, if it made up most of the honey it might give sensitive people an allergic reaction. Another case of one invasive species providing an advantage to another invasive species.

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Africanized Killer Bees