Table 2.Attributes of the Brazilian Bee taken from the Final Report of the Committee
on the African Honey Bee, 1973.
Brazilian Bee ClaimsCommittee ReportReference Given in Committee Report
1. quicker & more nervous flightdid note the phenomenon
2. work 1/2 to 2 hrs. earlier in the morning & later in the eveningnot verified by committee
3. forage at lower temperatures - even in light rainnot verified
4. wild swarms do not always accept standard comb foundationWiese 1970
4a. do accept foundation17 out of 18 surveyedsurvey (questionnaire by committee)
5. carry larger nectar loadsnot verifiedWiese 1970
6. colony sometimes absconds when hive is opennot verifiedcommittee
7. Brazilian bees produce from 1.25 to 2 times amount of honeynot verifiedvarious persons state. others state to the contrary
8. growth cycle shorternot verifiedWiese 1970
9. more susceptible to EFBsaw little if any diseaseWiese 1970
10. heavy propolizationnot verified
11. abscond in cold weathernot verifiedreported to?
12. will adapt to warm climatenot verified
13. increase in bees away from apiariesnot verifiedinquiries indicate
14. wild bee nests 107.5/sq. kilometernot verifiedKerr 1971
15. do not die (starve) inside hivenot verified
16. can't use small nuclei for mating because of abscondingnot verifiedWiese 1970
17. small swarms enter hive and kill European beesnot verifiedcertain beekeepers
18. take over hives of other bees sometimes at night (reported to
be in Ribeirao Preto)
not verifiedrepeatedly described to committee
19. reproductive swarming is common (various beekeepers report bees
rarely abscond or swarm if given adequate space, food & water)
not verified
20. 24 of 31 swarms occurred during a time of food scarcitynot verifiedCosenza 1972
21. 7 swarms with one queen eachverifiedseen by committee
22. queens from 31 swarms were uninseminatednot verifiedCosenza 1972
23. vicious bees in swarmsnot verifiedswarms encountered by committee were gentle
24. swarms attack and sting without provocationnot verifiedno such swarms were seen by committee
25. high degree of swarming or abscondingnot verifiedno evidence of recent swarming (or absconding from apiary hives that the committee examined)
26. stings produce effects comparable to stings from other honeybeesverified
27. northern bees aggressiveverified - committee impressed by the vigor
28. southern bees not aggressiveverified - no colonies observed went out of control
29. bees from a hive being worked sting people and animalsEuropean bees can do same
30. aggressive during flow
aggressive when little food present
aggressive in hot weather
aggressive in cool weather
aggressive in humid weather

aggressiveness is variable
not verified - committee had little opportunity to studycommittee often told other information
31. stings cause of death to peopleinvolve allergic persons or rash efforts to destroy hive in a hysteria arising
from over publicizing about the danger
32. drones fly faster & lowernot verifiedmost beekeepers suspect
33. drones do not fly faster & lowernot verifiedKerr & Bueno 1970
34. European queens more likely to mate with Brazilian beesnot verified