I was noticing today that there are some bees coming into and out of my hive that look different to the rest of the bees. The odd ones look like this:
Larger, longer legs, rounded abdomen end, compared to the rest of the bees:
[I was going to upload an image of one of my bees for comparison, but “new users can only upload one picture”]
The rest of the bees didn’t pay it any attention.
I have two thoughts:
- Maybe this is a drone? I have seen some pictures of drones that look similar.
- Maybe there is some silent robbing going on from a wild colony.
Can anyone confirm one way or the other?