Here is a photo of a desert bee and an entire image of the cactus flower from yesterday.
Since 2002, the Africanized honeybees made their way to the Southwest including Arizona. The Killer Bees do attack small animals in backyards as well as elderly people and they attach in swarms and repeatedly sting. Some have died from the stings. It is not real common but does happen.
My scariest encounter with a swarm of bees was once when I was hiking in the desert and I heard this hum that started to sound like a roar. My instincts were that something was wrong. The sky got dark so we laid on the dirt under a tree in a low spot and the swarm flew over and we had no incident.
One other time I had a swarm of bees take over the front door at my house. One at a time the bees would get into my house and fly around and I could not figure out where they were coming from. Finally I saw the swarm and had to get a beekeeper to come and remove it.
Do you have any interesting bee stories?
This week, the photos on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site features the Volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii.