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Beekeeper Fred Terry's hives in Oracle, Ariz., located north of Tucson.

As the desert’s flowering season is well underway, pollinators, such as bees, are out in force, gathering food for an established hive or searching for a home for a newly birthed queen.

Although the Sonoran Desert is home to as many as a thousand species of bees, the most contentious is the Africanized honeybee.

Researchers say if you encounter the species, the best thing to do is simply stay calm.