Killer Bees Useful Information & Get Rid of Them Fast
The killer bee that is also known as Africanized honey bee is a hybrid form of Western honey bee species. The scientific name given to the species is Apis mellifera. These bees were originally come into existence by cross breeding of African honey bee with European honey bees. The African honey bee species A.m. scutellate, mated with different European honey bees like Italian bee scientifically named as A. m. Ligustica and Iberian bee scientifically named as A. m. Iberiensis.
As their name depicts, these bees are exceptional pest insects with the ability to keep humans frightened from the time they have come into existence. They were introduced for the purpose of increasing honey production, but the results came into a species that is more aggressive and had an ability to produce less honey. In this article, we will discuss basic useful information about killer bees, their relationship with human society, their attacks on humans and the ways to get rid of this disastrous insect.
Killer Bees Facts
The general facts about killer bees are almost similar to other species of honey bees. However, there are slight differences that are shown by killer bees. Here, in this section, we will confer killer bees’ physical appearance, diet, range, habitat, reproduction and life cycle.
Appearance and size
Killer bees are a small insect. Their body size approximately equals to ¾ of an inch like other common bees. From their appearance, killer bees almost look similar to other honey bees, and one needs to be a bee expert to identify them among other bee species. Like other bees, they also have the general appearance of the body consists of three segments head, thorax, and abdomen. These bees are brown in color with vigorous, brown in color and the body is covered fully with fuzz. They also contain black stripes on their body, but they are not as distinct as they are in hornets and wasps. Killer bees possess four wings that are connected to the middle region of their body that is thorax.
Despite having four wings, they are not an expert flyer. However, they have a temperament to chase their victim till 1/4th of a mile. They also contain three pairs of legs attached to the end of the thorax. Among all three body section, killer bees’ head is the smallest, and the abdomen is the largest region. They also contain spherical two complex large eyes that have exceptional ability to see ultraviolet rays. Thus, killer bees can fly perfectly at night. Among all three embers of their social structure, the queen bees are largest, and the worker bees are the smallest. Unlike appearance, killer bees show quite different behavior as compared to other bees. They possess venom, and a single killer bee can produce 0.1 mg of venom. They produce less honey as compared to European bees.
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