We also need to explain to newbees that there are differences in European bees in different seasons, too. The bees that are quite docile in April and May and don't even need smoke can be sting machines by Autumn when they have stores to protect. This is also normal behavior and does not mean they have become Africanized....but there are differences in Africanized bees from different regions and even seasons.
Yes. I've now received feedback from a large scale beekeeper in Brazil, who acquires most of his bees from swarms, suggesting his bees are much more aggressive. While an individual in Puerto Rico is telling me her 3 colonies are very nice.The video speaks for itself, but there are differences in Africanized bees from different regions and even seasons.
In the case of Fernando's bees in Costa Rica, his son mentioned to us that there was a loss in productivity with the gentler bees they were able to breed. So I believe he may have tried to achieve some kind of middle ground between gentleness and productivity in his breeding program."We're not sure if Puerto Rican bees are gentle due to chance or selection. There is some work coming out on that, hopefully soon. It did take a few generations for the gentleness to establish in PR. "
Plus I have greater fear of a sting on the eyeball.
I agree with this 100%. An eyeball sting, and perhaps some slight protection from sun is why I wear a veil. Though I have thought briefly about getting goggles.That being said, working any bees without a veil is irresponsible, one errant sting to the eye can easily cause blindness.
I suspect this is the main idea he wanted to promote with his demonstration. I don't think anyone should try this at home.AHB are not inherently killers, we need to stop spreading this propaganda
The interesting thing I'm learning since sharing this video is how variable aggression in AHB seems to be. A friend just sent me this video:however, they are not puppy dogs and are not for the feint of heart.