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Honey Bee?

Observed: 24th July 2011 By: HildesviniHildesvini’s reputation in InvertebratesHildesvini’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Ok. My "Complete Book" says that "Honey Bees vary in colour but they can always be recognised by the long pointed marginal cell reaching almost to the wing tip". It has got a long pointed marginal cell. Hasn't it?

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Honey bee identification

No, I'm afraid it hasn't got the long apical cell. Other identifying features to look for in honey bees are the hairy eyes and the characteristic flattened hind tibiae adapted for carrying pollen. This leafcutter bee has long hairs on the underside of the abdomen that hold the pollen.