USDA Map of Africanized Honey Bee Spread Updated
Kaplan February 9, 2007
The map of Africanized honey bees' spread in the United States has
been updated. It is now posted on the Agricultural Research Service's (ARS) website at
The map shows the spread of Africanized honey bees (AHB) by county by
AHBs have continued their slow territorial expansion in the southern
United States, and have now been confirmed in nine states. The map lists a
county only when that state officially declares it to be Africanized.
There are discontinuities in the spread, especially between Louisiana
and Florida where AHB spread is likely a result of human-assisted
transportsuch as AHB swarms hitchhiking on trucks, railroad cars, ships
- View the official new AHB map.
- View a larger version (1,500 by 1,150 pixels, 450 kilobytes).
a 300-dpi version for printing (.zip format, 1.4 megabytes.
Human-assisted transported AHBs are not considered a territorial
spread unless the honey bees become established beyond the original swarm find.
ARS updates the AHB map about every six months.
Hayden Bee Research Center in Tucson, Ariz., is responsible for official
identifications of Africanized honey bees, especially when the honey bees are
found in new states.
ARS is the U.S. Department of
Agriculture's chief scientific research agency.