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Look Out for these Problematic Invasive Species
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Killer Bees

  • Native To: Nowhere
  • Invading: North & South America

This is actually the only animal on the list that is not actually native to any region. Known as the Africanized Honeybee, they have been referred to as “Killer Bees” by most people for a long time. This is primarily due to the fact that they have actually been responsible for many human deaths. How is it that this species is not native to any area? Killer bees are actually a hybrid bee species. They are a cross between a Western Honey Bee and East African Lowland Honey Bee.

Look Out for these Problematic Invasive Species
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The species was bred to see if there might be an increase in honey production with two species that do this well…just in different ways. The species was introduced to Brazil in 1956, confined in a quarantined area. This changed when in 1957, 26 swarms of the bee managed to escape. They began to breed heavily, making their way through South & Central America. By the 1990s, they managed to make it into North America. Killer bees have been a notable invasive species there ever since.


Where Do We Find this Stuff? Here are Our Sources:

National Institutes of Health

U.S. National Invasive Species Information Center

U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

U.S. Department of the Interior

Australian Department of Agriculture, Water, & The Environment

Columbia University

University of California, Riverside: Center for Invasive Species Research

National Geographic

World Wildlife Fund

National Wildlife Federation

Smithsonian Magazine

Live Science