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What are killer bees?

Killer bees, also called Africanized honey bees, are a strain of bees that resulted from African bees mating with milder-tempered European bees in South America during the 1950s. In about 1990, killer bees reached the United States and have continued to form colonies here ever since, especially in warmer states, such as Texas, Arizona and California. True to their name, killer bees tend to be aggressive and very defensive when it comes to protecting their hives. They have been known to swarm and attack humans and animals. Their venom is poisonous and can cause severe illness and death, especially in large amounts and for people with a bee sting allergy.

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