CLOSED: Is this bee an Apis mellifera

faicchio, Italy

I believe it to be sp. mellifera, but since I cannot find similar markings on the many illustrations in my field guides, I am not certain. Hope a member can help.

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Minot, ND

Not a bee at all, but a male flower/hover fly in the family Syrphidae - looks like an Eristalis sp. - see http://www.commanster.eu/commanster/Insects/Flies/SpFlies/Eristalis.rupium.html for an example.

Barling, AR(Zone 7b)

Flapdoodle, you are amazing in your ID ability. With your genus diagnosis, I checked out Eristalis on several sites. Could Eristalis tenax - Drone Fly be the species ? Which is shown in http://davesgarden.com/guides/bf/go/665/ .

Minot, ND

Eristalis tenax is indeed a possibility - see http://www.glaucus.org.uk/Hoverfly025.jpg for an image. However, I also know that there are other European species in this genus that can have a similar appearance - see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Eristalis.horticola.male1.jpg for an example.

Barling, AR(Zone 7b)

Thanks Flapdoodle for the info. Several possibilities indeed. I'm just starting to get familiar Syrphidae. I'll probably go stir crazy in the process.

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