What Are These Bees?

I was looking into stories about the loss of the Brooklyn Grange's apiary, destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, when I came upon this story about bees in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene in 2011.  (Feral Bees)
Aside from coloration, the long, extended abdomens really make them look more like queen bees.  Is this typical of feral bees?  Does the photo just distort their shape?  Can anyone explain what they are?


  1. Jim,

    Guessing this is a stock photo obtained for the article, not the bees in question.

  2. Yeah, good point, Randy. Should have thought of that.


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