Africanized honeybee


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Africanized honeybee

(ăf′rĭ-kə-nīzd′)
n.
A honeybee that is found throughout South America, Central America, and southern North America and has the tendency to sting with great frequency. It is a hybrid between an African subspecies that was inadvertently released in Brazil in the 1950s and a European subspecies that was already present in South America. Also called killer bee.
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(2007), who evaluated colonies of Africanized honeybees over a year in Maringa, state of Parana, and estimated the total area occupied in the colony at 38.2%.
Defensive behavior of africanized honeybees (Hymenoptera: Apidae) in Dourados-Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil
In this work, the most important polliniferous plants of the Yucatan Peninsula were determined, although many of the plants visited by the European and the Africanized honeybees were also anemophilous.
F-values and respective probabilities (P), coefficients ofvariation (CV%), means and respective standard errors of invasion of the mite in worker pupae cells, infestation of the mite on adult honeybees, total and effective reproductive rate of the mite Varroa destructor in Africanized honeybee colonies under royal jelly or honey production.
The length of the right forewing, length of the abdomen and height of the thorax were not statistically different between newly emerged Africanized honeybee queens kept in an incubator and queen banking, and their overall mean values were 9.60, 9.43 and 4.71 mm, respectively.
(2010) reported that by adding protein supplement (35%) has not increased the royal jelly production by Africanized honeybee colonies, and its use for this purpose was unprofitable.
Though a bloom lasts only about a day, each unbagged flower was visited on average by about 40 Africanized honeybees. Because these easily irritated bees have a tendency to form stinging swarms, they're often called killer bees.
According to Jha, non-native species such as Africanized honeybees don't perform buzz pollination, but native bees do.
Bee geneticists speculate that a relatively small number of genes drives Africanized honeybees to their stinging frenzy.
Bracing for what they call a "frontal invasion" of Africanized honeybees expected to hit their state this spring, Texas beekeepers and research entomologists express increasing frustration over the lack of a federal policy addressing the potentially devastating influx.
Over 20-day-old Africanized honeybees from five hives, standardized with regard to number of brood frames and food, containing a young queen, were used.