Honeybee in garden with red dot between eyes

kathi_rogers(6a - NE Oklahoma)April 6, 2009

Does anyone know why a honeybee would have a red dot on its forehead?

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islandmanmitch(z 8/9 FL)

They are from India?

    Bookmark   April 6, 2009 at 7:10PM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

>>They are from India?LOL...we have them around here too.

Konrad

    Bookmark   April 6, 2009 at 10:21PM
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kathi_rogers(6a - NE Oklahoma)

From India was my first thought!!!! Are they regular honeybees?

    Bookmark   April 7, 2009 at 9:31AM
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islandmanmitch(z 8/9 FL)

I am a fourth generation beekeeper and I can say I have never seen or know of a honeybee with a red dot on its head. I would guess it is not a honeybee but I could be wrong. I would really like to see a picture if it is possible.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2009 at 9:33PM
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jean001(z8aPortland, OR)

Could it be a varroa mite?

    Bookmark   April 10, 2009 at 1:26AM
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islandmanmitch(z 8/9 FL)

It could be but I have never seen a mite on a bees head and I have seen some seriously infested bees. I would think if it was on her head she could pull it off that's why mites get where the bee can't reach. Could it have been red pollen? I have seen bees with yellow or white faces from pollen while working flowers but it was not really a distinctive dot? I wish I could have seen it.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2009 at 9:27AM
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