While out walking today I spotted some bees working some wildflowers. Of course I went over to see if they were some of my bees. The bees were not any of mine as they had a different pattern, one that I haven't seen before. They looked like an Italian or Carniolans except the last two rings of the abdomen were a bright orange color. Now I live pretty far away from the crowd and other then bumble bees there are no other "managed" hives within at least 25 miles so I suspect these are some type of feral bees. Anyone have an idea as to what they could be? I am going to start looking for a hive though it may be a wasted effort given it could be anywhere in a two mile (or more) radius but the thought of getting some nice feral bees is enough to give it a try.
Anyone ever seen a bee with this color pattern before?