Africanized ("Killer") Bees

Apis mellifera scutellata
Pest Stats
Color: Golden-yellow with darker bands of brown.
Legs: 6
Shape: Oval; bee shape
Size: 1/2
Antennae: Yes
Region: Arizona, California, Texas, Nevada, New Mexico
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Africanized "killer" bees looks so much like regular honeybees that the only way to tell the two apart is by measuring their bodies. A dangerous stinging insect, Africanized bees have been known to chase people for more than a quarter of a mile once they get excited and aggressive.


These bees defend their colony and attack when threatened.


Africanized bees have small colonies, so they can build nests in unique places. They have been known to live in tires, crates, boxes, and empty cars.


Africanized killer bee venom is no more dangerous than regular honeybees-they just tend to attack in greater numbers, which causes more danger to humans.