Antelope Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District

Protecting Public Health in the Antelope Valley since 1958

Similarities and Differences

Africanized Honey Bees look the same and in most ways behave like the European Honey Bee.


  • Both produce honey and wax,
  • pollinate flowers,
  • protect their nest, and
  • sting in defense. 
  • All bees are only able to sting once, since
  • their stinger is barbed and part of the abdomen and the venom sack tears off when the bee flies away and dies.
  • The venom of both species is the same too.
  • Persons who are hypersensitive to bee venom can die from a single EHB sting and others survive over 200 AHB stings. 


The main difference is their behavior.

  • AHB's are more defensive of their nest and respond faster, in greater numbers.
  • They can sense movement within 50 feet or more, vibrations and noise from power equipment within 100 feet from the nest.  Be aware that the nest might not be visible, since they like to nest in small cavities and sheltered areas such as empty boxes, cans, buckets, old tires, lumber piles, holes in trees and the ground, garages, sheds, and other places.


EHB

AHB

Will chase intruder for

100 ft

1/4 mile (1320 ft)

Will stay agitated for

about 1 hour

8 or more hours

Will produce swarms

1-2 times/year

several times per year