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Africanized Honey Bee
The original African bee gene pool that “escaped” consisted of several swarms, probably between 6 and 12. The exact number was never determined. So, several thousand individual bees escaped. However, each swarm has only one queen. So 6 to 12 queens carried the African genes into the resident European honey bee population in Brazil.