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Bee - Apis mellifera

Bee - Apis mellifera
Sand Springs, Osage County, Oklahoma, USA
March 21, 2009
Size: 6mm (1/4")
Apis mellifera ?
It seems to dark to be a typical honey bee.

Please help with ID.

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Bee - Apis mellifera Bee - Apis mellifera

Apis mellifera - worker
Dark color is due to the old age of this one individual. Most of the body hair is gone, making the shining, brownish black cuticle more visible than in younger ones.
Visiting more often some zygomorphic corollae, mainly of the Lamiaceae family (Rosmarinus, Salvia, etc.), accelerates this phenomenon, particularly on top of the thorax.

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