My neighbor couldnt get either of hi russian swarms in the box. Ball of bees moved from the limb to his head. Followed him 150' - 200'. His russians attack by the hundreds unless they are in a really good mood, then they may only send 50 or so bees out to meet your face if you get within 20' -25' of his hives. I would expect african bees to not be as docile, but with 150 bees on your face how could you tell the difference?i caught a swarm on saturday that i swear is africanized. never had any bees attack me like that swarm and incredibly difficult to get into a box.
it will depend on how much they mellow out after they settle into the hive and get to work. i'm only in my 2nd year, but last year toward the end of the season i had a pretty big and aggressive hive that was a prolific producer. i decided that i could deal with some aggression if they consistently produced that much honey. time will tell with this new one.>i think i will be sending a few of these into the lab if they stay as aggressive as they were saturday.
Are you going to keep them if they aren't AHB?
:thumbsup: AgreedBut now you need to figure out what to do. I've heard from some people who actually work Africanized bees that other than requiring you to work with full gear and more spoke they are quite immune to many of the pests that plague our more docile bees. Whether or not you have a location that you can keep them well out of the way of any people, and if you willing to work them you may find they are really good producers. You just need to get past their anger management issues.
Problem that I see with them is that over time, and in the areas where they can survive it won't be too many more years where they may be the norm. I suspect it's only a matter of time, I really don't see them being stopped.
The biggest difference may be in the public's response to beekeeping. Local AHB fear based ordinances come to mind.But I don't see what difference it makes what genetics they are.