Africanized Honey Bees

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Africanized Honey Bees Facts

  • Venom of Africanized honey bees is no stronger than that of other bees but they often attack in greater numbers and with more intensity.
  • They see dark colors as threats.
  • Bees tend to sting heads and hands more often.

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In the mid-1950s, twenty-six African honey bee queens, imported to Brazil from South Africa escaped with swarms of local worker bees from Dr. Warwick Kerr’s experimental facility near São Paulo, establishing renegade colonies of Africanized bees in Central America, Mexico and Texas.

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