Africanized ("Killer") Bees

Apis mellifera scutellata

Habits

These bees defend their colony and attack when threatened.

Habitat

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.

Threats

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.