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when did honeybees immigrate?

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I have a possibly ridiculous question:

I started a community garden in Austin, TX and one of my gardeners protested putting in a bee hive because European Honey Bees are not native. Do we know when European bees arrived in the US? Is the name European just a description and not really an indication of origin?

btw, we are putting in the bee hive anyway.

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European settlers brought the western honeybee (apis mellifera) to the Americas. So they are non-native strictly speaking; but they've naturalized over several centuries now.
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The "European Honey Bee" was brought to North America in the early 1600's.

They have been in the U.S. long before tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, potatoes, cantaloupes, corn, watermelons, okra (and hundreds of other fruits/vegetables). If he wants to be an ass about the bees not being native, give him Hell about his selection of vegetables.

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