Identifying an Africanized Honey Bee
Locate a honey bee hive; they are typically found inside trees or other hollow spaces. Ensure that you have a safe place to retreat to, such as a car or house with closed windows.
Start a significant distance from the hive and walk slowly toward it, making sure to approach from an angle where you will not surprise the bees.
Observe the behavior of the bees; domestic honey bees stay close to their hive unless attacked and quickly cease pursuit, but Africanized bees will swarm you like a cloud as you approach and can pursue you for a great distance. Immediately retreat to your safe location if swarming occurs.
- Wear sturdy clothes when approaching a hive, such as jeans and long-sleeved shirts, to reduce the chance of being stung.
- The Africanized bee is slightly smaller than the domestic honey bee, but this difference is only detectable with precision measurement; don't expect to identify Africanized bees from simple observation.