more bad news for beekeepers

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    ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Agriculture confirmed on Thursday that Africanized honey bees -- more commonly known as "killer bees" -- were responsible for the death of an elderly man in southwest Georgia last week.

    The Dougherty County man disturbed a colony of the bees with his bulldozer, and received more than 100 bee stings.

    Africanized bees are a hybrid of African and European honey bees. The Africanized bee and the more familiar European honey bee, which is Georgia's official state insect, look the same. They both are only able to sting once, and there is no difference between the venom produced by each variety.

    The difference is that Africanized honey bees are extremely defensive and are likely to defend a much wider area around their nest. They are also very aggressive, and will sting individuals in large numbers.

    Africanized bees first appeared in the United States in Texas in 1990. They have since been found in New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Florida, and now in Georgia. Experts have been expecting the arrival of the killer bees in Georgia for several years. A breeding population of the bees have been in Florida since 2005

    Killer Bees Responsible for Georgia Death - 11Alive.com | WXIA | Atlanta, GA

    one of the largest problems face is the breeding of queens....most of that is happening in the south...queen breeders are up against the wall.....afraid queens will mate with african drones...

    seems keeping bees is becoming harder and harder and much more expensive
     
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    Oh wow, that just sucks! I have always wanted to keep beehives, but if they're in Georgia, it's just a matter of time before they show up here.

    I'll have to just stick to my plan of raising sheep for wool, processing it myself, dyeing and spinning it, then using a loom to make rugs.

    Have you priced those looms? Good lord, you could buy a house! And sheep aren't cheap, either. But I want to go on a rug kick when I'm done with the quilting kick.
     
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    Texas was invaded by these bees years ago, and guess what?

    My philosophy of : If I ignore THEM, they'll ignore ME is still working.

    It also works with wasps, hornets, etc.

    I don't steal their food/labor, nor kill 'em,

    and they pollinate my plants,

    for FREE!

    It's a Win-Win sitch.

     
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    Burn them, burn them all.
     
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    They are quite aggressive. I have 7 hives of them.All of them here are fully African~ated.
    You have to B smarter dan duh B. Dat B Afrikken.
     
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    Meanwhile Italian honey bee hives are disappearing thanks to some kind of disease wiping them out.
     
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    Many places in the world.
    " “If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live. "
    Einstein
     
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