At the risk of restarting this whole mess....the living Robert Russell is not a PhD. I'm not sure he even went to college. His father Robert senior was a PhD entomologist.I know for a fact that Dr Robert Russell produced those genetics and he will sell queens for $59.95 plus shipping.
Well I'd say beesource is AMAZING!! I was inspecting a hive in my yard on Friday and noticed the same thing. Red abdomen on 1 bee out of about 50 or so. I also noticed some red "nectar" in a few cells which brought me to the thought of a hummingbird feeder also but I wanted to confirm it. I have never seen anything like this before either. At least until this past Friday and the picture looks exactly like what I saw in my hive.Looks she found the hummingbird feeder.
It may be, but bees getting into the hummingbird feeders, especially in the South where the summer dearth is beginning, continues to be a problem for those that leave their supers on a tad too long. To make matters worse, serious hummers no longer add red food coloring to the feed as it is not good for the birds.This thread is 6-1/2 years old.