An Africanized breed of honeybee which we can attest from firsthand experience is a hair-triggered critter with a wallop of a sting has apparently settled in the Reliez Valley – like so many others of us looking for a warm, semi-rural place to settle down.
Researchers tracking the bees, which have been known to swarm and make the lives of anyone trespassing near one of their colonies a living nightmare, have found a few scouts in Lafayette and say it’s possible there’s a colony – or two – nearby.
Experts have been predicting the arrival of the temperamental hybrids in California for some time but the recent collection of bees in Lafayette is the first indication they have made it so far north. Our current drought condition, melittologists say, is probably an attraction for the so-called “Killers” as they tend to do well in dry conditions.
Despite their fearsome name and reputation, experts say the likelihood of random attacks on humans is rare unless someone stumbles upon an active colony and disturbs it – in which case it would be wise to run like the wind, and get safely indoors as quickly as possible.