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Which black bee is this? - Apis mellifera

Which black bee is this? - Apis mellifera
Escondido, San Diego County, California, USA
October 19, 2013
I only got 3 shots before it flew off.

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Which black bee is this? - Apis mellifera Which black bee is this? - Apis mellifera Which black bee is this? - Apis mellifera

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Apis mellifera
Our friendly neighbourhood honey bee :)
The long, curving marginal cell of the forewing is the giveaway here.

 
Hind leg looks small
Isn't the corbicula too small for Apis?

 
Really?
I've never seen one so dark and free of hair. Cool.

 
I am pretty confident on this ID
I also thought that the hindleg corbiculae seem really small for this species, but after staring at the photos for a while decided that it's a perspective thing. No other bee here have wing veins quite like Apis, and, having studied bees in San Diego for the last 3 years, I've seen tons of really black ones, especially older specimens with most of their hairs rubbed off :)

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