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Africanized Honey Bees

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Long ago in the 1950s, a special type of killer bee called the Africanized honey bee was imported by farmers to Brazil. Local farmers created the idea of crossbreeding the new Africanised honey bee with the local population of honeybees and order to increase the honey population. This in effect, would increase the biodiversity in many areas such as South America and the Southern part of the U.S. However, in 1957, twenty-six Afrikan Queens Bees and European worker bees escaped from an experimental laboratory in Sãn Paulo. After escaping, many Africanized bees formed hybrids with European honey bees. Many became adapted to the environment and spread spreading throughout South America, South Africa and Mexico, eventually creating an ecological…show more content…
After the 1990s, the Africanized honey bees started shifting the honey industry in ways unimaginable to farmers. Because of their aggressive behavior, the Africanized honeybees is left alone. However, farmers cannot collect the same amount of honey as they use to. This hurts their business as farmers cannot keep up with the demand for honey. States who are fully colonized with the Africanized honey bee have created educational programs and control practices in efforts to protect people and other animals living in the same area these killer bees inhabit. States like California have spent $3.9 billion dollars on reduction managements and pesticides in order to keep the Africanized honey bee population down. From an environmental standpoint, these bees are pushing the common worker bee to the brink of extinction because of their dominance and overpopulation. Even though these bees change the environment in negative ways, their continuous, quick migration has positive impacts as well. Many Africanized honey bees pollinate flora ten times faster than your regular European worker bee and if tamed it could produce more honey than worker bees. These bees may be known as killer bees, but if we learn to tame them, honey farmers might have a chance at increasing their
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