Africanized 'Killer Bees' Still Active in San Diego County

East County Magazine   By Derek Roach  8/21/12
 
August 21, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--The colonization of Africanized Honey Bees in San Diego County was confirmed in 1994 and has since caused multiple fatal attacks in Southern California. Feral honeybees in urban areas of San Diego County have been determined to be predominately Africanized by biologists who test the genetic makeup of local bees.
Africanized “Killer” Bees are indistinguishable in appearance from their cousins, European honeybees. Where these two types of bees differ is in behavioral characteristics. The slightest motions or vibrations can provoke Africanized bees causing them to attack.
 
AHBs are much more aggressive during attacks and will pursue victims in a larger group for further distances. While a European hive may only sting a person 10 times when disturbed, an Africanized hive...