The dreaded so-called ``killer bees' crossed the U.S. border on Oct. 15 near Hildalgo, Tex. This swarm was captured by state regulators and quickly exterminated.

The worst impact will be economic. Since the Africanized honeybees are more difficult to manage than the European bees, which we have in this country, the beekeepers will be absorbing the shock as well as the stings of the influx of our newest visitors. The U.S.D.A. has estimated that the Africanization of U.S. bees could cost the economy as much as $58 million a year, and cost the farmers more than $40 million. J.F. Small Greensboro

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