Africanized honeybees (AHB), Apis mellifera scutellata
, are the hybrid offspring resulting from the crossing of domestic or naturalized honeybees (Apis mellifera
) of European descent and descendants of the more aggressive African honeybee strain, A. m. scutellata, that was intentionally brought to the New world for cultivation and later accidentally released to the environment. They are sometimes dramatically referred to as "killer bees."African honeybees have bodies that are covered in fuzz with an abdomen that is ringed with black stripes. They are very similar in appearance to European honeybees, although they are slightly smaller (Kaplan 2004, ISSG 2005).