Very odd looking bee, possible laying worker - sorry, no pictures.
I was looking through a newly queen right split, and ran across a very odd looking bee. My thought was perhaps a laying worker, so I pinched her, but have been looking for a similar picture and have not seen one. The split raised its own queen.
She was darker than the other workers, slightly smaller, shiny, and the connection between her thorax and abdomen was extended. I could swear she was a honey bee, but in some ways she looked more like an ant or a wasp. Has anyone else seen bees like this in their hives? Do they have a name? There were a few bees around her treating her like a queen, all facing her.
Re: Very odd looking bee, possible laying worker - sorry, no pictures.
A laying worker doesn't look much different from a regular worker . . . a little fatter sometimes.