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USDA Map of Africanized Honey Bee Spread Updated

By Kim 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 year.

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 transport—such as AHB swarms hitchhiking on trucks, railroad cars, ships or airplanes.

Small version of new AHB map: Link to official map.

  • View the official new AHB map.
  • View a larger version (1,500 by 1,150 pixels, 450 kilobytes).
  • Download 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.

The ARS Carl 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.