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Photo#338587
Dark Honey Bee - Apis mellifera

Dark Honey Bee - Apis mellifera
Lake Elizabeth, Fremont, Alameda County, California, USA
August 5, 2009
Same as this?

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Dark Honey Bee - Apis mellifera Dark Honey Bee - Apis mellifera

Moved
Moved from ID Request.

I'm always second-guessing myself
on these darker honey bees--when I'm out there in the garden I just KNOW they're something different that I haven't seen before! They are remarkably beautiful though, aren't they?

 
dark honey bees
I know what you mean. I saw this black bee and was certain it had to be something other than a honey bee:

 
Dark Honey Bees
We have had a hive of honey bees in our attic for 27 years. They are all golden.

All these dark bees are at our local lake:
http://www.cavette.net/photos/lakeelizabeth/insects/bees.html#darkhoneybee

Are all the bees in a colony dark if any are dark? Are we 100% sure these are Apis mellifera?

Are these Apis mellifera mellifera - Black Honeybee?

Any other info anyone has on these darker bees?

 
Bits and pieces of info here and at linked posts


Tip: Search BG on winter bee if you want more yet.

 
Crossbreed of Subspecies
Mine have no brown only black. More like the other one you posted.


I think they are the Apis mellifera mellifera x Apis mellifera ligustica crossbreed spoken of at Wikipedia.

I never knew the topic was so complex!

Apis mellifera, Honeybee
They can be dark colored.


 
Brave man!
I thought it a honey bee, but waffled on an ID. Sorry to chicken out, Alice, but there is a hero here!

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