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Africanized honey bee (AHB)

What is Africanized honey bee?

Africanized honey bee (AHB) – a short-tempered and aggressive bee that resulted from a cross of honey bees from Brazil and Africa. The media has dubbed it “Killer Bee” because of its aggressive behavior.

It is a hybrid of the honey bee, with Western honey bee (Apis mellifera) and African honey bee (A. m. scutellata) genes together. Farmers selected the most docile species to make the perfect breed of domestic bee, but in order to adapt to its dry desert home full of enemies and drought, the Killer Bee had to evolve. It became highly aggressive, defending its nest at all costs. People often think that this bee has a very toxic sting. This is untrue, their sting is just as effective as other bees. The reason the Killer Bee is a "killer" is its aggressiveness. If a person gets too close to the hive, the insects attack in large numbers. This leads to deaths and the bee's title. Since their development, these creatures have been introduced to Central America and have spread north up to the Southwestern United States.


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