Just this past week, I came across Africanized bees swarming in a local shopping area. In Arizona, these colonies have grown and have become more aggressive and more numerous in recent years. These bees were originally imported from Africa into Brazil in an effort to improve beekeeping in the New World tropics. These African bees were well suited to conditions in Brazil,and they began colonizing South America, and thus hybridizing with European honey bees (hence the name "Africanized" honey bees). Since then the bees have spread northward at a rate of 186 to 310 miles per year, and today every country in South and Central America has established populations of Africanized honey bees as well as Southern states like Arizona.
In the days and weeks to come, it is my intent to post photos and share my many rich and fulfilling Arizona experiences. Hopefully, this blog will engender and create an interest on the part of the reader to know more about the diversity of the "Grand Canyon State" and possibly visit. (November 23rd, 2009)
I was born and raised in the cold country of Minnesota. After spending thirty seven years in education, retirement in Arizona was my answer. Today, my interests and passions include traveling, playing tennis and being with my grandchildren.