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Author Topic: AHB in Louisiana  (Read 1007 times)
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« on: July 31, 2005, 11:38:16 AM »

found this on beesource and it was in our local paper here in Ga to.

http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/07/30/african.bees.ap/index.html
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« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2005, 02:16:38 PM »

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However, if they feel threatened, the bees will attack in large numbers. In Texas, they have caused 11 deaths in 15 years.


I'm thinking this is a bit of sensationalized journalism.

I find it really hard to believe that all 11 cases were confirmed
attacks from African bees.

Many people are severly allergic to honey bee stings in general
and will die from one or two stings,
regardless of the type of bee that stings them!

It is also a proven fact that EHB venom is more potent than AHB venom!
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« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2005, 10:45:12 AM »

>It is also a proven fact that EHB venom is more potent than AHB venom!


I don't think so.  They are identical.  In fact, you'd be hard pressed to show the difference between EHB and AHB on ANY level.  The typical method of ID is to look at cell size and bee size, which, as all the small cell people know, is bunk.  There have ALWAYS been some hot bees from time to time BEFORE the AHB showed up.  Just more of them now.  So even temperament, while a good indicator that the queen should be destroyed anyway, is not a very good indicator of AHB.
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