Apis mellifera scutellata Lepeletier (Ellis and Ellis 2008; Sheppard and Smith 2000)
Africanized honeybee, African honey bee (AHB), killer bee
Originally from Africa; first hybridized in South America (Kono and Kohn 2015)
First found in Texas in 1990 (Kono and Kohn 2015)
Imported to South America for honey production, where they escaped containment and hybridized with European honey bees (Kono and Kohn 2015)
More aggressive than European honeybees; negative impact on honey production industry (Kono and Kohn 2015)
The section below contains highly relevant resources for this species, organized by source. Or, to display all related content view all resources for Africanized Honeybee.
Council or Task Force
USDA. ARS. Carl Hayden Bee Research Center.
State and Local Government
San Bernardino County (California). Department of Public Health.
See also: Mosquito & Vector Control for more resources
Tennessee Department of Agriculture.
Utah Department of Agriculture and Food.
Georgia Department of Agriculture.
Arkansas Department of Agriculture.
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Consumer Resources.
Utah State University Extension; Utah Plant Pest Diagnostic Laboratory.
See also: Biting, Stinging, and Health-Related Insects for more species
eXtension. Bee Health.
University of California - Riverside. Center for Invasive Species Research.
Oklahoma State University. Entomology & Plant Pathology.
University of Georgia. Extension.
University of Arkansas. Cooperative Extension Service.
University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension.
Electronic Data Information Source - publication resources
New Mexico State University. Library Digital Collections.
Ellis, J., and A. Ellis. 2008. African honey bee, Africanized honey bee, or killer bee, Apis mellifera scutellata Lepeletier (Hymenoptera: Apidae). In: J.L. Capinera (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Entomology (Vol. 4, pp. 59-66). Dordrecht: Springer.
Kono Y., and J.R. Kohn. 2015. Range and frequency of Africanized honey bees in California (USA). PLoS ONE 10(9): e0137407.
Sheppard, W.S., and D.R. Smith. 2000. Identification of African-derived bees in the Americas: a survey of methods. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 93(2):159-176.