Originally from Africa; first hybridized in South America (Hall et al. 2010)
1990, first found in southern Texas (Hall et al. 2010)
Imported and bred with European honey bees to increase honey production (Hall et al. 2010)
More aggressive than European honeybees; negative impact on honey production industry (Hall et al. 2010)
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State and Local Government
Arkansas Agriculture Department. Arkansas State Plant Board.
University of California - Davis. Agriculture and Natural Resources.
Ellis, J., and A. Ellis. 2008. African honey bee, Africanized honey bee, or killer bee, Apis mellifera scutellata Lepeletier (Hymenoptera: Apidae). In: J.L. Capinera (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Entomology (Vol. 4, pp. 59-66). Dordrecht: Springer.
Hall, H.G., C. Zettel-Nalen and J.D. Ellis. 2014. African honey bee: what you need to know. University of Florida, University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension. Electronic Data Information Source Publicaton ENY-114 (MG113).
Sheppard, W.S., and D.R. Smith. 2000. Identification of African-derived bees in the Americas: a survey of methods. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 93(2):159-176.