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Honey Bee?

Observed: 3rd May 2010 By: alcon_bluealcon_blue’s reputation in Invertebratesalcon_blue’s reputation in Invertebratesalcon_blue’s reputation in Invertebratesalcon_blue’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) interacts

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Syrphus's picture

I am often sent honeybees as

I am often sent honeybees as some sort of solitary bee. They can be very confusing as they are so variable in colour. However, the only bees that carry a discrete lump of pollen on a shiny expanded hind leg in the way shown here are bumblebees and honeybee. If you see something like that and it is not on a bumblebee (should be obvious), it will be a honeybee, whether the gaster is almost black or very orange.

Many solitary bees carry pollen on the hind legs, but never in a discrete semi-solid mass, and never on a very expanded back leg - rather in a loose mass adhering to specialised hair patches.

Murdo

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Martin Harvey's picture

ID tips

Thanks for that Murdo, a very clear and useful tip for confirming honeybees.

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Entomologist and biological recorder