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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - After a deadly Honeybee attack in Dougherty County in October, a Master Craftsman Beekeeper spoke to folks at the RiverQuarium Thursday night.

Bill Owens says all Honeybees are a vital part of agriculture and a sustainable economy.

He says the Africanized bees that killed an Albany man look very similar to European Honeybees more commonly found in Georgia. But the Africanized bees are more aggressive.

"the Africanized Bee has an explosive behavior," said Master Craftsman Beekeeper, Bill Owens. "Instead of a few hundred and it can be a few thousand bees coming out to defend their hive."

This is the first confirmed case of Africanized Honeybees in Georgia. Pollination from Honeybees account for one third of what Americans eat.


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