The Africanized honey bees in the Western Hemisphere are of mixed
descent from 26 Tanzanian queen bees of A. m. scutellata, accidentally
released by a replacement bee-keeper in 1957 near Rio Claro, São Paulo,
in the southeast of Brazil, from hives operated by biologist Warwick E.
Kerr, who had interbred honey bees from Europe and southern Africa.
On Fri, 27 Apr 2012 06:49:34 -0600, spiritrising wrote:
I understand that they are not as efficient in pollinating as the European
strain and, more importantly, they are dangerous. People on lawn tractors
50 yds. from the hive have been killed because the mower's noise aggravated
them. Testing how far they will chase a person from the hive, researchers
measured 1/4 mile as opposed to less than 50 yds. for European honey bees
and even wasps.
Like fire ants, they also only exist in the South. In my area there are a lot
of "wild" European honey bees. They took a real hit a decade ago from the
varroa mite, but have come back strong and are everywhere. Now it's the
bumblebees that are in trouble, but I am confident they will recover as soon
as the resistant population has a chance to multiply.
On Sun, 22 Apr 2012 06:53:13 -0600, spiritrising wrote:
How bout eating a pound of shit.
If there are bees that sting when you merely get within 10 ft., they are
Africanized honey bees. Those vicious bastards are not in this neck of the
woods ..... yet.
I'm talking about the European honey bee which has gotten scarce due to
biological and/or chemical agents. Don't you get any news on the rez?
Hell, I'm old enough to remember when Euro bees were all over the flowers
and clover grasses, even plantain. And this was in an urban jungle where
if you were lucky enough to have a lawn, it was the size of a postage
we have never had a shortage of any kind of bee around here at all and
there are plenty of euro bees for sure, now how do you think they made
africanized honey bees? yeah using an euro bee, there is a rez down
here??? wow thats news, would rather hear about that than bees. i live
in a urban jungle my yard is the size of a postage stamp i think, and
bugs are plentiful including wandering spiders which can kill you. so
much for living in a city.
OK, that makes more sense.
Not all African hives show overly defensive behavior; some colonies are
quiet, which gives a beginning point for beekeepers to breed a gentler
stock. This has been done in Brazil, where bee incidents are much
less common than they were during the first wave of the African bees'
colonization. Now that the African bee has been "re-domesticated", it is
considered the bee of choice for beekeeping in Brazil.
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