If you know the term killer bees. Then you are probably aware of these africanized bees that were brought to South America. In 1957 biologist Warrick E. Kerr was involved with mating these africanized bees with the more docile european bees. His intentions was to make a more productive bee in the tropics. 26 of these africanized queen bees escaped from Mr. Kerr’s containment, that was in Brazil. These queens went out and mated in the wild with the drone bees that were in the area. Since then these bees have continued to reproduce and expand all over the South American Continent. That have moved north over time up through Central America, and in 2003 it was believed that these highly aggressive bees was in 5 U.S. States.
Now the “killer bee” is really not a killer in the sense of it’s sting. The sting from an africanized bee or any other type of honey bee has the same amount of posinous venom. So it’s sting is not more potent than any other honey bee you might of had contact with. It is a lot more aggressive, and that is where the danger lies. These bees tend to defend their home a lot more agressive, and over a larger range than the european honey bee. They don’t shew off as easy as the typical honey bee either. Once these africanized bees get locked in on an enemy, they may stay with that enemy for over a mile. So running away from an attack of africanized bees is virtually impossible. The best way to protect yourself is to get somewhere, where you can keep the bees from getting at you. Such as an enclosed area, a nearby home or car makes a great escapse in case of an attack. If there is any water located nearby, you can submerge yourself in water to prevent stings. However, the africanized bees will monitor for you longer than the normal bee. So if you do find a lake nearby and hide under the water. The bees might have you trapped there for an hour or more. So you have to be in an area that you can last for more than an hour.
These africanized bees have some good things about them. They do produce more honey than the normal bee. The commercial industry for honey is so popular now. We use honey to make so many things. Since keeping bees is not the typical person’s idea of fun, it makes getting honey in high demand. Finding a way to work with the africanized bees could help the commercial honey indrusty out tremendously.
No one really knows what will happen as these africanized bees contine to spread into North America. It might be a case that one day, we will hear about a bee attack on someone, as common as an automobile wreck. Time will only tell how the United States and killer bees will get along.
Here are some facts on the africanized bee / killer bee:
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