I am a new bee keeper and am super excited about my new hive. I used to work bees with my grandfather when I was a kids and am finally getting back into it with my kids. I live in South Louisiana and saw this morning a few black bees on my corn. I have never seen a solid black bee and I am positive that they were bees. Same shape, a little bit bigger than my italians and they had pollen baskets on their hind legs full of pollen. Does anyone have any idea what they are? Are these german black bees? I had no idea there were jet black bees. I'll try to get a picture next time I see them.