Killer Bees Sting Man to Death

Killer bees have killed a man in Dougherty County, Georgia.

The man was stung more than 100 times, when he ran across a wild colony while driving a bulldozer.

Tests conducted by the Georgia Agricultural Commissioner showed the bees were of the so-called Africanized variety. They are regarded as more aggressive than European honeybees which are common to the area.

Tommy Irvin, Agriculture Commissioner says, This is the first record of Africanized honeybees in Georgia.

The killer bee nickname is given to the hybrid of African and European honeybees. It refers to the bees tendency to attack with little provocation. They also have a reputation for swarming and then stinging both people and livestock, to death.

What makes the killer bee even more dangerous is that on looks alone its hard to differentiate one from a regular bee. Only when they feel threatened or defensive of their nest, do they respond faster and in greater numbers than their European counterparts.

Killer bee trivia:

They first arrived in the United States in 1990, in Texas. Since then, theyve been detected in New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Florida and now Georgia.

While trying to create a honeybee better suited to tropic conditions, researchers in Brazil in the 1950s imported African bees that escaped and began hybridizing with European honeybees.

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