I would love some stingless bees then I don't have to wear anything when working them.
Do they have them around these parts?? I mean in America??
As far as I know there are no native species of stingless bees above central Mexico region. These species are mostly tropical, and can be found basically in warm climates. Besides, most species are not interesting for beekeepers, because they produce no useful honey, are difficult to adapt to artificial hives, can damage the flowers while harvesting nectar or are rather aggressive.
Nevertheless, among all species some are really productive, quite peaceful, adaptable to captivity and good pollinators. These are of interest for keepers. We have more than 300 species of stingless bees in Brazil, but only a minority, from 30 to 40, have these desirable characteristics. Anyway, there are still plenty of species to choose! And one must consider that unless Apis Melifera bees, which are all the same species even if they have slightly different colors, sizes or behavior, these stingless bees species are really different ones (many belong even to different genera), showing a much wider variation in all aspects.
And among the few tens of Brazilian species that are suitable for beekeepers a handful are adapted to southern states, and thus can survive moderate low temperatures for a while. Some are so small and tame that can be kept inside home as pets (and still produce very small amounts of delicious honey),and others can survive the not too strong winters provided there are some heating system inside the hive, much like in tropical fish tanks.
I believe there are some restrictions about importing such bees to the US, but it does not seem to be something impossible to change, if you consider other stingless bees can be imported from even more distant places like Australia, and that the honeybee itself is a foreign species, and not native to the Americas.