Hereís a photo I took yesterday when my wife and I were out checking some of our hives here in Honduras. Normally I donít actively look for the queen but my wife just happened to see this one.

People back in the States sometimes ask me if the Africanized bees are really dark. As you can see by the queen and the workers, thatís not really the case. I often see queens that are more orange than this one.

Luckily the bees were still calm at this point so I could get a decent picture. As the afternoon wore on (and the day started to cloud over) the bees got more and more agitated and ornery. Several got in my wifeís veil and stung her in the face. It swelled up pretty good. That photo she wonít let me show.