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honeybee - Apis mellifera - female

honeybee - Apis mellifera - Female
Port Townsend, Jefferson County, Washington, USA
May 24, 2008

Honeybee.
Apis mellifera. Only honeybees and bumble bees collect pollen 'and' nectar balls like this on their (essentially) bare hind legs. Solitary North American bees distribute dry pollen over a "scopa," a dense brush of long hairs on the hind legs (or on the venter of the abdomen in the case of Megachilidae).

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