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Apis mellifera 1269 - Apis mellifera - female

Apis mellifera 1269 - Apis mellifera - Female
Sobey Pond, Arastradero Preserve, Palo Alto, Santa Clara County, California, USA
September 30, 2005
Size: ~13 mm
This bee has no pollen load, and it seems to have no stinger. Is it A. mellifera? If so, how do you know? If not, why not, and what genus might it be?

Moved from Apis.

Check the links here:

Apparently, the honey bee is the only Apis here. While this is probably oversimplifying, my take is that if it's not a honey bee, it's a native. (I have yet to be proven wrong in dozens of posts. But I'm always ready to learn.)

Other introduced bees
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Family Megachilidae
Giant Resin Bee, Megachille sculpturalis. From Asia, 1990's
Wool Carder Bee, Anthidium manicatum. From Europe.
No common name, Anthidium oblongatum. From Europe, 1995.
No common name, Megachile lanata. From Ethiopian and Oriental regions.
Hornfaced bee, Osmia cornifrons. From Japan in 1977.
No common name, Osmia taurus. From Se Asia, recently.

Family Andrenidae
No common name, Andrena wilkella. From Europe.

I stand (nicely and neatly) corrected.
None of the above have passed before my lens. Well, if they did, I missed the shot! (I'd love to add a wool carder bee to my images.)

Actually you are partly correct
Apis mellifera is the only introduced Apis. The other non-natives belong to different genera or even family. As Vespula said the honey bee is the only introduced one of that genus. There are a handful of species of Apis; I think that they are all in Asia; honey can be collected from them.
Happy hunting for a carder bee. I see that it is in California already.
I put nest boxes last spring for native bees and I only got this:
a non-native. Oh, well!

Bees are slow in SoCal now.
Outside of honey bees, Agapostemon is about all that's out there. HandsOff in northern California has found many carder bees.

There are no native honey bees
And you can't normally see the stinger just by looking at the bee because they keep it in their abdomen when not in use.

This looks like a female (which means she has a stinger).

She also has pollen baskets, they are just empty at the time. Definitely a honey bee in the genus Apis. Not sure if its Apis mellifera though I'm not an expert

Only one species Apis mellifera listed for genus Apis at Nomina-Nearctica.

Oh I guess... There is more than just apis melifera on bugguide but I guess the rest are subspecies of melifera and not completely different species

Yes on your subspecies comment. I was also pointing out that while there are several Apis species, they are all outside the Nearctic region except for Apis melifera. And I believe that Ron has already made this point also. Of course, who knows what else is being introduced as we speak. :)

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