In 1957, honey bees (Apis mellifera scutellata) were imported from Africa to Brazil.
African bees escaped and became feral. (wild)
As feral African bees mated with EHBs, they produced a hybrid called an “Africanized honey bee.” (AHB)
AHBs look like European bees to the eye.
They are, on average, slightly smaller than EHBs, but can only be separated by molecular techniques or morphometric computer analysis.
Since 1990, only eight fatalities in the US have been caused by honeybees, as compared to 78 killed by dogs.
The chances of being killed by honey bees are less than the chances of being struck by lightning.