Why a Honeybee?
Honeybees are not native to the Brazil, but this photo shows an Africanized honeybee feeding on a flower in the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Why did we choose this photo? Africanized honeybees are common in Brazil due to their invasive success and their cultivation by beekeepers. Many of the bees that you find on flowers in Brazil are therefore honeybees. This image illustrates what one commonly sees in Brazil but also demonstrates the importance of learning more about native pollinators. For more information on native pollinators, please see the exercise Why are bees important? For more information about Africanized bees, please see the exercise Killer Bees!