articles here: daily interlake stings of misfortune missoulian bees identified as stinging insect horse death nbc montana horse dies after bee stings (this video has a picture of a couple bees collected.) my son and mother told me about this unfortunate stinging incident with this horse, and asked me if honey bees were this aggressive. long and the short of it, the horse was rubbing and scratching his backside up against a tree that contained a swarm, the swarm was dislodged and dropped down on his butt. the horse took off bucking and kicking. the owner went to put him in the barn and discovered the mass of bees on his backside and 'raked them off" (owner was not stung), they called the vet, the vet came out and later loaded him up in a trailer and took him to the vet's office. the horse had gone into anaphylactic shock and within 15 hours, suffered so poorly, had to be put down. the owner described the bees as 'small black bee's' or 'hornets' and 'looked like flies', saved some and sent them to be identified. the paper's recently reported that the bees have been identified by 'insect experts', from the dept of agriculture, and montana state university, as 'wild honey bees.' here is the interesting part of the daily interlake article: "A local beekeeper said they likely were wasps or hornets but were â€œabsolutelyâ€ not honey bees. A pest-management specialist thought the insects resembled European or Africanized honey bees. hmmm, on this, the comment by the beekeeper vs the pm specialist and AHB? i am familiar with this area, and there are commercial keeps who take their bees south and then bring them back to montana. the columbia falls stage road (where they live) is scattered up and down with commercial hives and is a great forage area.