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Offline GSF

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Africanized bees confirmed in Alabama
« on: March 20, 2017, 02:01:41 PM »
I don't know where except North Alabama. Our former president who now holds office at the (beekeeping) state level was talking to me today. He said that a dog was attacked and killed by some bees. A sample was taken from the hive and it tested positive for Africanized bees. If I understood him this was in the last week or two. All hives were destroyed. I understood it to be the first case of established AHB in this state.
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Re: Africanized bees confirmed in Alabama
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2017, 02:29:51 PM »
Odd I thought they would have come south first

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Re: Africanized bees confirmed in Alabama
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2017, 04:45:29 PM »
I would bet they were/are in South Alabama, or else they were found close to an airport or shipping hub.

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Re: Africanized bees confirmed in Alabama
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2017, 05:01:18 PM »
Well the post said they were in North Alabama so they had to come in from some where.

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Re: Africanized bees confirmed in Alabama
« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2017, 05:10:17 PM »
My guess would be it was a package from Texas or Florida, with a young, newly mated queen that had mated with Africans, but was shipped from the mating box before the young began emerging.
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Re: Africanized bees confirmed in Alabama
« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2017, 06:00:00 PM »
If we do get African bees here everyone will freak out and knowing Alabama then we will pass some really dumb laws.

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Re: Africanized bees confirmed in Alabama
« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2017, 07:09:39 PM »
If we do get African bees here everyone will freak out and knowing Alabama then we will pass some really dumb laws.

Why should Alabama be any different than all the other states?  At least in Texas the legislature only meets every other year.
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Re: Africanized bees confirmed in Alabama
« Reply #7 on: March 21, 2017, 09:51:32 AM »
If we do get African bees here everyone will freak out and knowing Alabama then we will pass some really dumb laws.

Why should Alabama be any different than all the other states?  At least in Texas the legislature only meets every other year.

In Alabama we have a special kind of bad legislature.

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Re: Africanized bees confirmed in Alabama
« Reply #8 on: March 21, 2017, 03:00:31 PM »
My guess would be it was a package from Texas or Florida You hit the nail on the head. A queen supplier from Texas shipped the queens to the beek. It wasn't just Alabama that this happened to it was a couple more states. In each case the Africanized hive was re-queened with a queen from this supplier. I'm not going to call any names.
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Re: Africanized bees confirmed in Alabama
« Reply #9 on: March 21, 2017, 04:25:08 PM »
It seems that a lot of the hype/media overkill about Africanized honeybees has died down. Even looking at the USDA ARS map, the last time it was updated was 2011.

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Re: Africanized bees confirmed in Alabama
« Reply #10 on: March 22, 2017, 10:20:10 AM »
Have the Africanized bees gotten calmer?

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Re: Africanized bees confirmed in Alabama
« Reply #11 on: March 23, 2017, 10:18:16 AM »
There is a long tread about this on beesource. When the time frame they were found is a little fuzzy (dates and year). What I got out of it was queen/queens was from Texas and when tested they were 18% Africanized. They were in N. Al. Then moved into Tenn. b-4 the state inspectors got involved