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Bee needs ID. - Apis mellifera - female

Bee needs ID. - Apis mellifera - Female
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
July 14, 2004
Had the chance to take this shot while a few of them were on some flowers. About 3/4 inch, usual size for bees etc.

Bee needs ID
This looks like a male Valley Carpenter Bee, Xylocopa varipuncta, which is common in the central valley of California. Check to see if one of his relatives lives up where you live. They don't eat wood but the do burrow into it to make their nests.

Not a carpenter bee
Notice the pollen basket or corbicula on the back leg. Honey bees, bumble bees and a few others have this kind of pollen basket, and only the females. This is not a male. Female carpenter bees have a scopa or pollen brush, very different.
This bee was correctly IDed as a light colored honey bee worker.

Bee needs indentification
I have a bee problem and this is the only bee that is similar in color. They are about 1.5 inches long and are eating the bark of my river birch. They have no black on the body and they seem to chase any other insect out of the area. They aggresively chase other types of bees and butterflies off of my hyssop and butterfly bush. Any other ideas on what it can be. I was told that it might be a Eurpoean Hornet but the pictures are not close.

unidentified bee
We have the same bees. They are chewing the bark off of our river birch also. Have you found out what kind of bee/hornet/wasp they are?

honey bee
I think it is just an unusually pale honey bee, Apis mellifera, worker.

Thanks again
Thanks again for your help. Its great to find someone who can help with the ID of these insects.

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