This closeup shows
Africanized honey bees surrounding a European queen honey bee that is marked
with a pink dot for identification. Africanized and European honey bees cannot
ordinarily be distinguished with the naked eye. Click the image for more
information about it.
Africanized Honey Bees Are Still on the
Move By Kim
Kaplan March 6, 2006
In 2005, Africanized honey bees showed up for the first time in
Louisiana, Arkansas and Florida. An updated map showing the spread of
Africanized honey bees by county and state has been posted on the Agricultural
Research Service (ARS) website at
The arrival in Florida was not contiguous with the bees' spread from
the Southwest. It was most likely a result of human-assisted transport, by
which trucks, ships, railroad cars or other types of transportation
inadvertently bring Africanized honey bees into new areas.
Usually, human-assisted transport finds are not considered part of
Africanized honey bees' spread. But because they have been found in 14
counties, the state of Florida now considers Africanized honey bees to be
The ARS Carl Hayden Bee
Research Center in Tucson, Ariz., is responsible for official
identifications of Africanized honey bees, especially when the bees are found
in new states. Additional information about ARS research on Africanized honey
bees can be accessed at gears.tucson.ars.ag.gov/.
Among ARS' recent research accomplishments related to the bees is new
guidance for beekeepers on the best time to requeen hives to reverse
Africanization of honey bee colonies. Queens of known genetics, from reputable
breeders, should be introduced into hives in the fall to give them the best
chance of being accepted by the bee colony.
ARS is the U.S. Department of
Agriculture's chief scientific research agency.