Did the Africanized honey bee destroy the populations of regular honey bees?



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    According to this article (pdf file), Africanized honey bees (AHB) have displaced many of the European honey bee (EHB) populations in Central and South America. They have also spread to many parts of the United States, though I do not have information on their impact on EHB populations. AHBs swarm more often than EHBs, meaning they establish new hives more frequently, and they are also much more aggressive. AHBs are hybrids of African honey bees and European honey bees, originally “created” to increase honey production. AHBs and EHBs are classified as the same species; they are indistinguishable in the field.

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