Two colonies of stingless bees were recently discovered by Annika Arnout, a four-year-old girl in California, in a place she chose not to reveal, and called her “secret spot”.
A Mail Online report said the girl’s findings disappeared in the United States seven decades ago. He also reported that Arnut refused to reveal where she found the bees in an attempt to protect the insects there.
Stingless bees, which existed in Brazil and are significantly smaller than honey bees, were taken to the United States during the decade of the 1950s in what was reported as an “unsuccessful bid” to help increase the size of vegetable and fruit crops.
According to Dr. Martin Hauser, a senior insect biosystematist, California Department of Food and Agriculture, who obtained specimens of the recent find, the US government contacted a Brazilian researcher dozens of years ago. years to help pollinate crops across the country. .
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Colonies of stingless bees were recently discovered by a four-year-old girl in California in a location she chose not to reveal, and she called her “secret spot.”
Bees sent for further investigation
The biosystematist explained that said Brazilian researcher sent bees in the 1950s to Florida, Gainesville, Utah, Palo Alto and Davis. He added, and the scientist said, “all the bees died within a year.”
Bees didn’t like Utah’s cold climate. They couldn’t compete in Florida either. Hauser said these insects, despite their names, indeed have stingers, although they could not be used for protection, were also sent for further analysis to Dr George Shafer, a professor at Stanford.
Experts have claimed that they are convinced that the said bees are the descendants of those taken to the United States in the mid-20th century. On the flip side, Hauser admitted that he hadn’t heard of these stingless bees, as described in ScienceDirect, until two decades ago.
He received a request from Richard Schmidt, a pest control officer in Palo Alto, who sent the bees to the Santa Clara County Agricultural Department for further investigation.
In CBS News, Schmidt said he had never seen the bees discovered before. He added that they didn’t even know what they were and sent them to the state.
For Hauser, the discovery of the four-year-old was impressive. He said he was very impressed that Annika found two colonies, a rather astonishing discovery in which she found two, when all the scientists “found none”.
For this biosystematician, as much bees are a rare discovery, so is the little girl. He needed to meet her, saying he was very happy to do so. With this discovery, he now encourages children to be more curious about nature as he was when he was a child.
The first time they met, Hauser gave Annika the biggest book of insects he could find. However, the bees discovered by Annika are not in the book.
Even after more than a century of fortuitous sightings, said bees remain unnamed, although it has been proposed that the stingless bees of Brazil be labeled “Annika’s bees”.
There are over 300 species of stingless bees in Brazil, including this unidentified species, first described by a German researcher in 1900.
Essentially, around 20 percent of stingless neotropical bees identified in science, most of them capable of producing honey, says a 2019 study published in the Brazilian Journal of Pharmacognosy.
The report on the recent discovery is featured on the CBS This Morning YouTube video below:
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