Thank you and everyone else for the reply's....They look to be a normal size bee but I have just seen a couple of them so far outside a empty hive box.I have not seen a honeybee yet that looks like that one. That still doesn't mean it is not a honeybee. Even 20 years ago when I caught a wild swarm that was almost solid black they had bands that were barely visible, that one has spots.
My teenage daughter who was interested in bees at the time was afraid of those because they looked so much different than the others. Do those bees look about the same size as a honeybee?
I tried clearing the photo up some. The only reference I can find that might help is the 8 penny nail head next to the bee.The hair in the bands on abdomen are in patches. Is that not a bit of pollen on the left rear leg? The tip of the abdomen may be drooped down out of the view of the camera. The grey stain on the wood is positioned just right to make it look part of the abdomen but isn't. I think that throws off perspective. I have seen wings look far more tattered.
Maybe the CBPV is a thought.
I second this. Not a drone. And I couldn’t see the wings that well but you can identify by the wings. Rusty Burlew has an image o her site of the wing ID. I had 3 hives last year that had this virus. Piles of dead bees in front on the ground. they overwintered well surprisingly and producing so far.That looks like a honey bee to me.
I noticed this on one of my hive last year and looked into it further.
The color like the yellow we see is from the hair of the bee.
If they are wet or hairless they appear black.
Hair loss in honey bees could be attributed to Chronic Bee Paralysis Virus (CBPV).
It maybe worth reading more about it.