/ Modified may 8, 2014 4:19 p.m.

Spring Signals the Start of Honeybee Migration Season in AZ

Experts say the negative reputation of Africanized bees is not entirely deserved.

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Bee Hive fcs lrg Beekeeper Fred Terry's hives in Oracle, Ariz., located north of Tucson. (PHOTO: Amanda LeClaire)

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.

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