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Photo#133882
fly or bee - Apis mellifera

fly or bee - Apis mellifera
Alamogordo, Otero County, New Mexico, USA
July 25, 2007
Size: about 1/2 inch
These where all over our shubs.

It is the common honey bee Ap
It is the common honey bee Apis mellifera...

 
Common in nature, not necessarily in Bug Guide.
This is only the second sighting for New Mexico. And apparently, they haven't reached Nevada yet.

(A forum on this topic laments the absence of plain old everyday species.)

 
I agree, we need also the com
I agree, we need also the common species to get the distribution and the phenology data... I surprised that nobody photographs more honey bees....

 
Glad to hear that, particularly from an editor.
In September, we'll have California all filled in.

Oddly enough, with these critters and house flies, I think many people are hesitant to post and others are hesitant to ID for fear of being wrong on such a basic insect. Hey, I have next to zero ego...

So let this be a clarion call to all bee shooters.
Send in your finest stuff, and let's all work together to amass that data!

 
And it is not easy to identif
And it is not easy to identify a house fly by the way.. there are too many similar species, and sometimes people think it is a honey bee and it is not, so it is always better to post the material then keep it to your self...

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