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daknoodle
12-31-2005, 01:48 PM
Hey all, got a question about a bee species. My parents are missionaries in Belize and I got the privliage of spending most of december and part of january with them. Here are the house they have a bee which is native to Belize living in the cinderblock.

It is stingless, very small and creates a very interesting wax tunnel that sticks out as an entrance. I was curious if anyone is familiar with this bee and how much honey it generally will produce.

I got to laugh at my father b/c as he was trying to kill some hornets he thought he would "take care of" his bee problem as well and sprayed the entrance. All he got was a face full of bees and a week later they are as strong as ever. I explained that he had to completely take out the hive if he wanted to get rid of them and I was curious if they would be a good honey producer for my parent's as they (like me) love honey. Thanks for the help.

Doug

[ December 31, 2005, 03:41 PM: Message edited by: daknoodle ]

Michael Bush
12-31-2005, 03:11 PM
http://www.ufv.br/dbg/bee/Versao2/stinglessbees.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stingless_bee
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2005-06/stri-msb060805.php

daknoodle
12-31-2005, 05:33 PM
I've seen most of these, but I can't seem to find anything that has pictures of different stingless honey bees so that I can actually identify which one we have. thanks for the help.

Doug

franc
12-31-2005, 08:17 PM
I wonder if these bees would survive in a greenhouse? Interesting thanks MB

sqkcrk
12-31-2005, 08:21 PM
Back in 1985 Martin Cal was the Belize National Apiarist. Does anyone know if he is still around?

Mark