Europeanized Bees

We’ve all heard about the threat of the Killer (or Africanized) Bee. Much less talk is devoted to the devious Europeanized Bee. This bee is historically known to invade other bee hives, often Africanized hives, and capture those hives’ inhabitants. The captured bees then work the flowery plantations for the benefit of the Europeanized bees. The Europeanized bees enjoy the king’s share (or in this case, the queen’s share) of the honey, leaving only enough to ensure the Africanized bees can continue to work the flower fields. The captive bees live in their own, separate, certainly not equal, hives.
This lesson in apiary history brought to you by Citizens for Responsible Terminology.


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