Africanized honey bees (also spelled Africanised honey bees), known colloquially as "killer bees", are a hybrid of the Western honey bee species, (''Apis mellifera''), produced originally by cross-breeding of the African honey bee ''A. m. scutellata'', with various European honey bees such as the Italian bee ''A. m. ligustica'' and the Iberian bee ''A. m. iberiensis''.
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