Bees are not native to North or South America
by Ziks511 - 3/11/11 11:38 PM
In Reply to: Bee decline by C1ay
They appear to have evolved in South East Asia and the Philippines, though there have been fosillized remains found in Europe
All bees are European imports just like us, beginning in 1622, see Wikipedia
"There are no honey bees native to the Americas. In 1622, European colonists brought the dark bee (A. m. mellifera) to the Americas, followed later by Italian bees (A. m. ligustica) and others. Many of the crops that depend on honey bees for pollination have also been imported since colonial times. Escaped swarms (known as "wild" bees, but actually feral) spread rapidly as far as the Great Plains, usually preceding the colonists. Honey bees did not naturally cross the Rocky Mountains; they were carried by ship to California in the early 1850s."
That may be the origin of the story about the need for replenishment in 1850.
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