The African Honey Bee
The African honey bee, also known as killer bees, is a hybrid of Western honey bees and European honey bees. These bees are much more aggressive than other species of honeybees and are reported to have killed 1000 humans and some horses and other animals too.
AFRICANIZED HONEY BEE IDENTIFICATION
Africanized honey bees do not look physically different from European honey bees, they can only be identified in labs. However, the African honey bees behavior can be much more aggressive and could be murderous. Although more aggressive, these are slightly smaller than other honey bees, and have darker bands on their bodies.
Appearance and Behavior
- Africanized honey bees are golden yellow in color with darker bands of brown.
- They have four legs and antennae.
- About ½ an inch in size and oval in shape like the usual bees.
- They can chase people to over 500m and can sting very dangerously if they get excited or aggressive.
It is due to this violent behavior that they’ve been given the name of “killer bees”. These pests show the same signs as other honey bees- frequent visits and buzzing sounds. In the case of Africanized honey bees, it is advisable to contact a pest control team if you suspect their presence. However, if you want to locate their nest, look for the hive in unusual places such as underground while maintaining your lawn. It can be dangerous to approach the nest yourself.