Stingless Bees in California
I know very little about bees, but have been becoming interested in them. It would be nice to watch them pollinate the flowers in the garden, and fun to collect a little honey once or twice a year. I'd prefer to use stingless bees, even though the few bees I see in the garden don't bother me. I just figure that by keeping a colony, one will have a much higher concentration in the immediate area and that increases the chances of stings.
Are there any stingless bees native to California, the Southwestern US, or even North America? If there are no natives, are there cons to introducing non-natives to Southern California?
Would they be a nuisance to neighbors? There are two dogs next door on one side and children on the other, and we wouldn't want to introduce something that would harm them. It's my understanding that they can still defend themselves by biting with their mandibles.
Would they harm the local bees?
So many questions... Thanks in advance for any feedback.