No. The venom of Apis mellifera scutellata, the so-called Africanized honey bee, is no more toxic than any other Apis mellifera subspecies. The problem with Africanized honey bees lies in their behavior: In short, it is the number of stings, not the toxicity of the stings, that causes a problem.
I want to address this issue because a lot of non-beekeepers land on this site looking for ways to kill bees without using pesticides. This is good news because it shows that people are becoming more aware of the dangers of pesticides to our environment, children, and pets. Conversely, it’s bad news because it shows […] Read more
Well, not exactly. Apis mellifera scutellata is one of several subspecies of honey bee native to Africa and it is generally referred to as the African honey bee. It was brought into Brazil for genetic experiments where it was accidentally released into the wild. It was able to mate with local honey bees of European […] Read more