Africanized Bees - Q & As

Q.  Do bee jackets & bee suits protect against Africanized Bee Stings?

A.  yes

Q : What characteristics distinguish the Africanized bee from their European cousin's?

An Africanized Bee is more defensive than a normal honeybee and to the casual observer they look the same.

Q : How much honey does a European bee colony produce compared to an African bee colony?

A European bee colony produces five times more honey than a Africanized bee colony.

Q : Why is the Africanized bee so defensive?

Color size and shape are traits that bees pass along from generation to generation through genes contained in cells. The Africanized bee is a dangerous hybrid, passing down the trait of defensiveness to each offspring.

Q : What is anaphylactic shock?

Most cells release histamine and other biologically active substances. The venom promotes histamine release from mast cells and basophils (especially in sensitized individuals), which under the right circumstances, can lead to vasodilation and loss of blood pressure. If this response is not reversed within a short time, the person may die of shock.

Q : Why does one third of the U.S. food production depend on bees?

Bees pollinate flowers that turn into fruit and vegetables, plants and trees.

Q : How does a queen bee control her nest?

The queen releases a pheromone that identifies her as the queen.

Q : What happened to Brazil's honey production as a result of the introduction of killer bees?

Brazil went from fourth in world honey production to twenty-seventh by the early 1990's.