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Late blooming winter bee? No, just a honey bee from The Dark Side - Apis mellifera - female

Late blooming winter bee? No, just a honey bee from The Dark Side - Apis mellifera - Female
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton, Orange County, California, USA
June 8, 2007

Moved from Frass.

just a honey bee
Apis mellifera


I vote to keep it
If it's different enough to be hard to recognize, it's probably a good illustration of the variability of the species. Someone with a similar specimen would benefit from seeing that there are such different honeybees.

Please check this one, Chuck
Same, but better, I'd say. If you think otherwise, please advise and I'll de-frass.

Better, yes...
but different. The abdomen (metasoma?) is solid black on the other one and a mixture of brown and black on this one. The difference in "fuzz" on the thorax is no doubt a matter of wear.

I suppose it's more of a philosophical question: do you show a few "model" specimens that look nice and display diagnostic features most clearly, or do you show ones that look like the ones a site visitor wants to identify? Is a good image of an unimpressive specimen really "bad"?

If it were my image, I'd keep it, but there are plenty of others who would disagree.

Besides, if I understand Jeff's question, it had more to do with the previous series: the one you have in your thumbnail has all the diagnostic features visible, so the other three aren't that useful. This one is a different view:

but the other two are minor variants of the first one.

Re: Jeff's Question
I'd originally posted four very similar shots here. After his comment - and pre-ID - I deleted two images, leaving the "main" one alone and consigning this linked image to Frass. After ID, I deleted the main image.

Although I had provided a thumbnail of my first post with the main image, my assumption is that Jeff's comment was confined to this one, but I did react a bit oddly to what he said, partly because he'd just posted 14 shots on a mantis. Anyway, water under the dam(n).

My personal rule is that, if someone asks me to keep an image, I do. Often, I'm my own worst editor. I appreciate your opinions and feel that we are pretty much in sync, particularly from a philosophic standpoint.

case you hadn't noticed, my 14 images were 28 images of a mantis molting series and wing development series.
Not 28 images of a mantis in slightly different positions (well actually it was, but you know what I mean).

Hadn't noticed
It just felt funny in the context of my post. I did mention it was a knee-jerk reaction. You do some really nice stuff, and I was being repetitive.

I just didn't want you thinking I was calling the kettle black!

trying to give you a hard time, but why post the other three images?


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