My maternal grandmother was born on the reservation in the Indian territories. She had a story about honey bees being called “white man’s fly” because the honeybees would show up just ahead or while settlers were moving west.
Fast-forward to today; the local Bee Master tells the same story in his introduction to beekeeping class.
This seems like a good forum to see if this antidotal folklore has any documentation in history. Please post if you know anything about this.