Bee afraid? Bee diligent.

“Killer” bees responsible for dog death in Florida.

Africanized bees kill dog, injure another in St.Pete.

A swarm of Africanized killer bees attacked two pit bulls this morning, killing at least one of them, St. Petersburg police said.

There was a colony in the attic of a neighboring house.

This graphic showing the spread of Africanized bees ends in 2003 but obviously, they have continued further north and west.

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Africanized bees are more dangerous because they are more aggressive, “easily provoked, quicker to swarm, attack in greater numbers, and pursue their victims for greater distance.” It is likely that the dogs attacked a bee that initiated a swarm. It was reported that the residents didn’t know the huge colony was there.

ENY-140/IN738: Frequently Asked Questions about the Africanized Honey Bee in Florida.

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  1 comment for “Bee afraid? Bee diligent.

  1. Bob
    November 10, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    I remember learning about them as a little kid and that they were going eat our faces by now. Or something. I wasn’t a very good student.

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