Apis mellifera scutellata Lepeletier (Ellis and Ellis 2008; Sheppard and Smith 2000)
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)
The section below contains highly relevant resources for this species, organized by source. Or, to display all related content view all resources for Africanized Honeybee.
Council or Task Force
USDA. ARS. Carl Hayden Bee Research Center.
State and Local Government
San Bernardino County (California). Department of Public Health.
See also: Mosquito & Vector Control for more resources
Tennessee Department of Agriculture.
Utah Department of Agriculture and Food.
Georgia Department of Agriculture.
Arkansas Department of Agriculture.
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Plant Industry.
Utah State University Extension; Utah Plant Pest Diagnostic Laboratory.
See also: Biting, Stinging, and Health-Related Insects for more species
eXtension. Bee Health.
University of California - Riverside. Center for Invasive Species Research.
University of Georgia. Extension.
University of Arkansas. Cooperative Extension Service.
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.