Facts about Killer Bees, "Scientific name for Killer Bees is Apis mellifera scutellata Lepeletier". They also are known as Africanized Honey bee they are a hybrid produced from crossing African honey bee with a variety of the European honey bees including the Iberian bee and the Italian bee. The common names they are called are African Honey Bees, Africanized honey bees. The Killer Bees are an breeding species in the US. The known U.S. range now that you will find them includes portions of California, Nevada, Arizon, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Florida also in other country's like Brazil, northern Argentina, Central America. The strain of Killer Bees has been said to be officially established in Florida.
Killer Bees Physical Description
Morphology and Genetics of the Killer Bees
Though the African honey bees are somewhat smaller and do build small comb cells compared to the European honey bees, their hybrid is not small. The Killer Bees have somehow shorter wings, they are slightly shorter it makes it difficult to recognize them from the Honey Bee.
Killer Bees Characteristics
The Killer Bees acquires its killer name because it attacks animals and people who unknowingly stray in their territory, and often results to very serious injury or even death. In fact it is not necessary for you to disturb its hive to initiate an attack, they will respond to mundane occurrences including vibrations from vehicles, noise from pedestrians.
Generally the appearance of the Killer Bees is similar to the common Honey Bees, and the distinctive physical difference is you would have to have the bee at a laboratory and check the 20 different structures, and also by use of DNA and enzymes to find out exactly what type.
Killer Bees bodies are covered in fuzz with a ringed abdomen with black stripes
Their sting venom is just similar to the native honey bees, Killer Bees always attack in greater numbers and they will pursue their enemies for long distances. Once the bees have been disturbed, the Killer Bees will remain agitated for as long as 24 hours, and they will go on attacking animals and people within a quarter mile range.
The Killer Bees will migrate depending on the season and can fly for long distances in search of pollen and nectar.
Killer Bees for bee keeping
The Killer Bees are very lethal and one might wonder how farmers can deal with them. Funny enough there is a mild variety that is commonly referred to as the Gentle Killer Bees. This type does not display the hyper-defensive character. This provides an opportunity for the breeders to produce a gentler stock. Generally, Killer Bees are among the best choice for beekeeping but its hostile characteristics giving a greater challenge in terms of handling this type of bees.
Social Organization of the Killer Bees
Generally the killer bee is a social insect that can survive as a lone member of a community or a colony. The Queen Killer Bees is the sexual productive female in a colony and it is the mother of all the drones the future queens and workers. It can lay an outstanding number of eggs, equivalent to the weight of its body.
Killer Bees will start foraging at a very young age and they can harvest large quantity of the pollen compared to the European honey bees. They have a high reproductive rate and their ability to gather large quantity's of food to support the survival of the large number of the larvae.
The worker bees are the numerous members of a colony. A colony can consist of about 80,000 worker bees. Adult Killer Bees workers obtain a body length of around 3/4 inches (19 mm), which is a tinny bit smaller than the average European honeybees length. Female Killer Bee workers live for around one month while male drones survive for 5 to 10 weeks. Queens will generally live for 1 to 3 years. "Fear of bees apiphobia".
Killer Bees fall in the classification of insects with six legs. Bees have five eyes; three tiny ocelli eyes and two compound eyes.
The Killer Bees have four stages of life, Eggs, Larvae, Pupae and Full grown Bee. There are three types of bees in the Killer Bee hive, a Drone, Worker and the Queen. A worker bee will die if she uses her stinger.
The hind legs of the Killer Bees carry pollen in them and it is called a pollen baskets. Pollen is the protein for which the baby bee needs to grow.
A Killer Bee has two stomachs, the first stomach is for eating and the other stomach is specially designed for storing nectar collected from flowers and water, for making it possible to carry it back to the hive.