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  1. #1
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    Looking through one of my hives yesterday, I came across a bee--one bee--that was very, very pale. Very light gray, almost white, with dark gray stripes. She didn't have pink or pale eyes--dark and shiny like all the other girls--and she wasn't much smaller than the rest. She seemed perfectly healthy and none of the bees were treating her like a pariah, but she was definitely very light gray. It wasn't powdered sugar or anything--I checked. It's her true color. Was wishing I had my camera with me. Anyone every see one like this?

  2. #2
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    Could be a white pollen. Could just be a young fuzzy bee.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  3. #3
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    Caucasians are sometimes described as a gray bee.

  4. #4
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    Yes, I have seen them. I think it is called melanistic, but don't quote me on that.

  5. #5
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    I doubt itÂ’s albino. Genetics can cause very light or wacky color makings in honeybees.

    The Cordovan trait for example can produce very pale yellow workers.

    http://members.aol.com/queenb95/cdtour.gif

    Another example is the oddball bees, strange color markings, eye color and blind bees:

    http://members.aol.com/glennapiar/od...#anchor2831823

    I did however manage to catch this rare giant albino honeybee on film:

    http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/nature...11.jpg&.src=ph

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