In my A-Z of Bees K is for Killer Bee 🐝 Oil, acrylic and spray paint on canvas, 5x5 inches. Latin: Apis mellifera scutellata Lepeletier Location: The Africanized honey bee was first introduced to Brazil in 1956 in an effort to increase honey production, but 26 swarms escaped quarantine in 1957. Since then, the hybrid has spread throughout South America and arrived in North America in 1985. Hives were found in South Texas of the United States in 1990. Characteristics: The Africanized bee, also known as the Africanised honey bee, and known colloquially as "killer bee", is a hybrid of the western honey bee species produced originally by cross-breeding of the East African lowland honey bee (A. m. scutellata) with various European honey bees such as the Italian honey bee A. m. ligustica and the Iberian honey bee A. m. iberiensis. Africanized bees are typically much more defensive than other varieties of honey bee, and react to disturbances faster than European honey bees. They can chase a person a quarter of a mile (400 m); they have killed some 1,000 humans, with victims receiving ten times more stings than from European honey bees. They have also killed horses and other animals. Endangered status: Least concern .
Killer Bee (A-Z Series)