Sunday, July 31, 2005

Africanized honeybees found in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (AP) -- Nearly 30 years after a TV movie showed the Superdome saving New Orleans from "killer bees," Louisiana has joined other southern-tier states with confirmed sightings of the aggressive insects.
Bees trapped in June near the northwest Louisiana town of Rodessa, about 35 miles northwest of Shreveport, were confirmed as the Africanized variety Friday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's bee research center, state Agriculture Commissioner Bob Odom said.They reached Texas in 1990 and have spread west to California, and swarms have been reported around ports in Florida.


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