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Dark Honeybee, or Something Else? - Apis mellifera

Dark Honeybee, or Something Else? - Apis mellifera
Encino, Los Angeles County, California, USA
May 27, 2006
Size: 1/2 inch

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Moved
Moved from Black Honeybee.

Moved
Moved from Honey Bee.

Definitely dark Honeybee (Apis mellifera)
Wing venation and shape of urosternites are quite typical and leave no doubt. I ignored that other breeds than mellifera ligustica and m.scutellata existed at all in North America. Maybe this one descends from the first hives brought in California by the early Spanish settlers.
In my region, all "wild" colonies belong to this race (A. mellifera mellifera): we call it the "black bee" or the "german bee". Commercial beekeepers prefer A. m. ligustica or A. m. carniolica, or hybrids between them.

 
Black Bees
Interesting! Around here all the news is about the Africanized "killer bees" that have made their way up here from South America- I've never heard of "Germanized" ones.

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