Africanized bees swarm the artificial hive that was placed in a wall in a home in old Marco. The artificial hive will be taken to Pine Island where an Italian queen will replace the Africanized queen. /Kathleen Tuttle Special to the Eagle
The sign stating:“Danger, Africanized bee removal, keep away,” in front of a home in old Marco is enough to induce a panic attack. How can we have Africanized bees on Marco? The state of Florida considers all feral bees to be Africanized. Colonists imported European honeybees from Europe in the 1600s and 1700s. The African bees were imported to Brazil in the 1950s. African bees are the most productive but are not good for beekeeping because of their vicious nature. They slowly worked their way from Brazil to Texas and then to Florida.