Victim: Relatives said that there wasn't a piece of Larry Goodwin's skin that hadn't been stung by a bee

Victim: Relatives said that there wasn’t a piece of Larry Goodwin’s skin that hadn’t been stung by a bee

Killer Bees Cause for Man’s Death

Killer bees are being blamed for the death of a Texas man, after he accidentally drove his tractor into a hive containing over 40,000 of the lethal insects.

Larry Goodwin, 62, of Moody, Texas, was driving his tractor on Saturday when he inadvertently struck a pile of wood. The wood included an old chicken coop where the bees had built their hives. There were an estimated 40,000 bees residing in the 22 honeycombs found on the scene.

Africanized honey bees, a.k.a. 'killer bees' are a hybrid of the African honey bee and European honey bee.  First found in the U.S. in 1990 in Rio Grande Valley, Texas. Nest in hollow trees, animal burrows, walls, debris or in dark, dense vegetation.  Will fiercely defend their nest from perceived threat, attacking in huge swarms. Known to pursue intruders for up to a mile. The sting of an Africanized honey bee carries the same amount of venom as the Western honey bee but owing to the numbers in a defensive swarm, an attack can be fatal.

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Family members report that every inch of Moody’s exposed skin was covered with stings. Two women who attempted to help Moody were stung a total of 100 times. Although attempts were made to resuscitate the victim, he was pronounced dead at the scene. The giant hive was removed later.

The Africanized bees to blame in this case are more aggressive than their European counterparts, according to bee-removal specialist Allen Miller. They reportedly will chase their victims up to a quarter of a mile, stinging the victim repeatedly as they go. This hybrid of Western and African honeybees also carries a deadly sting. Experts estimate that approximately 10 stings per pound of flesh is sufficient to kill a person.
“You can’t believe how bad they are. They make me want to get out of this business,” Miller told the Tribune-Herald in a separate interview.

“They can get up under your clothes where no other insect can go,” he said. “In a hive of ordinary European bees, about 10 percent will attack if the hive is threatened, but with African bees, all of them attack you.”

Africanized honey bees, known colloquially as "killer bees," are some hybrid varieties of the Western honey bee species, (Apis mellifera), produced originally by cross-breeding of the African honey bee A. m. scutellata, with various European honey bees such as the Italian bee A. m. ligustica and the Iberian bee A. m. iberiensis. The hybrid bees are far more defensive than any of the various European subspecies. Small swarms of Africanized bees are capable of taking over European honey bee hives by invading the hive and establishing their own queen after killing the European queen.

Africanized honey bees, known colloquially as “killer bees,” are some hybrid varieties of the Western honey bee species, (Apis mellifera), produced originally by cross-breeding of the African honey bee A. m. scutellata, with various European honey bees such as the Italian bee A. m. ligustica and the Iberian bee A. m. iberiensis. The hybrid bees are far more defensive than any of the various European subspecies. Small swarms of Africanized bees are capable of taking over European honey bee hives by invading the hive and establishing their own queen after killing the European queen.

Texas farmer is pursued across field and stung to DEATH by 40,000 killer bees: Swarm kills him and leaves a mother and her daughter critical after they tried to save him with hose
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2334958/Texas-farmer-Larry-Goodwin-stung-DEATH-40-000-killer-bees.html

Killer Bees Death: A HIVE of 40,000 Africanized honey bees, known as “killer bees,” killed a Central Texas man and hurt a woman who came to his aid.
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/weird/killer-bees-sting-man-to-death/story-fni0cre6-1226656136798

Killer Bees
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Africanized_bee