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Africanized Honey Bee (Killer Bee)

Apis Mellifera Scutellata


Africanized Honey Bee Image [Killer Bee] [Apis Mellifera Scutellata]| Ehrlich Pest Control
  • Dark brown in colour. 
  • Body covered with hairs.


  • Colony size — large (often greater than 30,000 individuals).
  • Preferred nest sites — hollow trees, roof and wall cavities.
  • Nest construction — Wax combs which hang vertically. Nests are in constant use throughout the life of the colony.


Africanized and European Honey Bees

  • Look the same
  • Protect their nest and sting in defense
  • Can sting only once
  • Have the same venom
  • Pollinate flowers
  • Produce honey and wax
  • Respond quickly and sting in large numbers
  • Can sense a threat from people or animals 50 feet or more from the nest
  • Sense vibrations from power equipment 100 feet or more from nest
  • Will pursue an enemy ¼ mile or more
  • Swarm frequently to establish new nests

Africanized honey bees are less predictable and more defensive than European honey bees. They are more likely to defend a greater area around their nest. They respond faster and in greater numbers

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