Mexico simply had the Africanized bees
before we did," says Wilson.
Scientists feared that dangerous swarms of Africanized bees
would compete with native bees.
The new breed of bees developed a bad reputation for their hot tempers - if a hive is disturbed, Africanized bees
will attack and swarm more viciously than other honeybees.
In forest fragments, Africanized bees
joined the natives on the job.
were more likely to collect pollen--a High-power baby food--while European bees were more likely to bring home nectar--a good ration for winter.
At the meeting, firefighters will describe ways to deter Africanized bees
from establishing colonies around homes and businesses or to deal with an unexpected swarm.
The Africanized bees
got the ``killer'' moniker because they tend to defend their hive by launching massive, persistent attacks.
Since the African honeybee was introduced to Brazil in 1956, there's been much concern that Africanized bees
, also known as killer bees, would spread and come to dominate the bee populations in the Americas.
Some were spotted in Hidden Hills last week and in Calabasas earlier last month, so agricultural officials believe eastern Ventura County has been colonized by the Africanized bees
, they said.
will attack with less provocation and in greater numbers than do European honeybees.
Spangler thinks these findings could aid engineers in developing an affordable device to help track the spread of Africanized bees
The agency also is halting the program to prevent the loss of native honeybees, which are difficult to distinguish from the Africanized bees
and in some cases have been destroyed as a precaution, Miladin said.