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Measuring around 8-12 mm length, these bees are communal and gather pollen for honey production. They have a fuzzy dark brown thorax with an burnt orange and black striped abdomen; the black increasing toward the stinger. They're known to be quite aggressive when they attack.
This specimen is currently nesting under our house and sadly only has a couple of days left to enjoy the location (and life in general) as we're having the hive professionally 'dealt with'. (They keep stinging our dog and are generally a danger!)
Spotted on Nov 14, 2012
Submitted on Nov 14, 2012