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Apis mellifera with different color-pattern? > Andrena rosae

Postby pwalter on 19 Jan 2009, 12:25

Hi, this bee lokks like the honey-bee but abdomen's colour is a bit different. A variation or a queen? do queens collect pollen? It was at the edge of a forest, NE Hungary, August.
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Re: Apis mellifera with different color-pattern?

Postby Christian on 20 Jan 2009, 10:36

It is an Andrena female. You still remember the flower, where the photo was taken? Perhaps I can ID it with this information.

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Re: Apis mellifera with different color-pattern?

Postby pwalter on 20 Jan 2009, 12:23

Thank You! It was photographed on a little meadow at the edge of a birch forest, with a lot of Angelica sylvestris, I think the flower she is feeding on is also that. Are they flower-species specific? or family?
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Andrena rosae female

Postby Christian on 20 Jan 2009, 13:22

It is Andrena rosae, specialised to Apicae, and occuring in Summer only. Most oligolectic (specialised) bees are specialists on plant family level, or on larger genera or species groups. It is also interesting that oligolectic bees often in Botanic gardens take pollen from plants of their special plant family, but from very different or strange plant species (from other countries etc.).

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Re: Apis mellifera with different color-pattern?

Postby pwalter on 20 Jan 2009, 14:12

Thank You a lot! Kind of strange to call it A. rosae although it prefers Apiaceae :)
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Re: Apis mellifera with different color-pattern?

Postby StuartR on 21 Jan 2009, 20:03

pwalter wrote:Thank You a lot! Kind of strange to call it A. rosae although it prefers Apiaceae :)


Maybe the specific epithet is a reference to the reddish coloration on the abdomen. I haven't read the original description though so this is just guesswork
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