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I had a small container lid with Honey water on it to try to follow bees to a wild hive. I noticed a few with black tails as opposed to stripes but figured its just variance. But then, an all black one showed up. It seemed to interact more with the other bees too... Either being chased, doing the chasing or just head to head.... like feeding.
Is it from another hive? Just a mutant?
Just curious.
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Oh wow... Really?
Interesting. I didn't realize the "yellow" was just due to the hair
 

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Thanks Steve! That darker one is pretty cool looking! A Whole hive of them would be interesting!
 

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There is at least one disease that can result in hair loss that can account for the darker appearance. I have seen reference to other bees trying to drive off such bees. Perhaps someone can find a reference to it.
 

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Chronic Bee Paralysis Virus has a hairless black syndrome form.
 
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