‘Hybrid’ bees blamed for July attack in Pantego

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The bees that repeatedly stung a Pantego woman July 24 and also killed two miniature horses were a hybrid of European and Africanized bees, according to test results from an Arizona lab.

Bill Baxter, an inspector with Texas A&M’s Texas Apiary Inspection Service, said the honeybees likely had a European Queen that had mated with Africanized drones. An estimated 30,000 bees stung Kristen Beauregard about 200 times and her boyfriend about 50 times. The two horses sustained so many stings that they did not survive.

On Sunday, an elderly Fort Worth man in the 3700 block of Galvez Avenue was stung more than 100 times. The man and a stung paramedic were both transported to the hospital and survived the attack. Firefighters were also stung when they arrived at the home.

Samples of those bees are being sent to the same Tuscon, Ariz., lab where the Pantego bees were tested. About 120 pounds of honeycombs were removed from inside the home.

Attacks are often blamed on aggressive Africanized bees, which first appeared in the United States more than 20 years ago and have been linked to eight deaths since 1990 according to the Texas Agrilife Extension Service.

Earlier this summer, a man in the Central Texas town of Moody died after bees from a colony of 40,000 repeatedly stung him. Baxter said he does not believe samples from those bees were tested.

Bill Hanna, 817-390-7698 Twitter: @fwhanna

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