Africanized honey bees found in Palisade

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PALISADE, Colo. — Africanized honey bees have been found in the western Colorado town of Palisade, health officials said Tuesday.

The bees were discovered by a fruit farmer who was concerned after he found a hive with bees that were abnormally aggressive.

The Mesa County Health Department said the bees were sent for testing. When the positive result came back, the hive was destroyed.

Officials say this is the farthest norther Africanized honey bees have been found.  It had been believed the bees could not survive harsh winters, but these bees survived this past winter.

Africanized honey bees are sometimes referred to as killer bees.  Their venom is not more potent than the common European bee, but they can be a threat to people or animals if they swarm.


  • S. Nimz

    This is journalism at its irresponsible worst. Bee keepers have been begging people to stop spraying bees, and now this article. I guess it’s sensational enough to make a buck from.
    Most bee keepers in this state know we get africanized bee strains through here. Now we will have everyone spraying bees whether they are or not because your one sided paranoid story will make them fear they just might be the “bad” ones. Colorado does not have large wild swarms, and our kids and pets are not suddenly at risk over bees surviving a few warm Winters where they normally wouldn’t. I am horrified that this is getting so much attention. I would just like to state for the record that we have killed FAR more of them at this point than they have us. Shame on you….and the bees lose on this one because you needed a headline.

  • Anonymous

    It’s actually really important to report dangerous activities like this. Thank you for the information fox31! @S. Nimz, it sounds like you might be a beekeeper or farmer who relies on bees to make your living. Don’t worry that we are all going to go on a massive bee killing spree. We don’t have the means or knowhow to even try something that stupid. Good honeybees are good. Killer bees are bad. I’m glad that I know that there might be danger out there but don’t think I’m going to come smash your hives and poison your bees.

    You’re being a little over dramatic really.

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