Saturday, June 18, 2005

Killer bees in Arkansas

Via the Washington Post:

BRIGHTSTAR, Ark. -- Some unwanted arrivals from Texas have been spotted in this southwest Arkansas town. State Plant Board officials say the presence of Africanized honey bees has been confirmed in Brightstar, in southern Miller County.

The aggressive insects are popularly known as "killer bees" because they are more likely than other varieties to respond in large numbers to animals or people who disturb their colonies. The bees' venom is no more toxic than that of the European honeybee, but they are more dangerous because they attack in larger numbers.

And we all remember how awful the deadly scourge of killer bees was back in the '90s, right? I just wish we could get some of those bastards here in Kentucky.