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Honey bee

Apis mellifera

Description:

Honey bees are somewhat variable in color but are some shade of black, brown or brown intermixed with yellow. They have dense hairs on the pronotum and sparser hair on the abdomen. Microscopically, at least some of the body hairs of bees (Apoidea) are branched (pumose). The abdomen often appears banded. Larvae are legless grubs, white in color.

Habitat:

Owl box on edge of wooded area.

Notes:

Several months ago a large tree, that had housed honey bees for years, was cut down. Apparently the bees found this box and moved in.

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joanbstanley
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joanbstanley

Highland Village, Texas, USA

Spotted on Jul 19, 2013
Submitted on Jul 23, 2013

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