Although imported with pioneer settlers hundreds of years ago, European honeybees play an important role in our community. In addition to producing honey, these insects are critically important for agriculture, and fertilize many of our crops.
Bees can be pretty protective of their homes and offspring, but the European honeybee, the most common species in North America, is generally not aggressive. Africanized honeybees are more recently introduced to this continent and are much more aggressive. A swarm may attack any threat that approaches within ten feet of their hive.
Always be aware of your surroundings so you don’t accidentally disturb them.
More information about honeybees: http://entnemdept.ifas.ufl.edu/honeybee/