Kathy, (aka "Bessie"), and I began our beekeeping experience in the fall of 2008, when we began a year-long course in beekeeping through the Indian Creek Nature Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. We got our first package of bees in April of 2009. At the suggestion of our daughter, Jessica, we are logging our beekeeping experience. Hope you find it interesting. It has been interesting, rewarding and entertaining for us as well.
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?