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Honeybee in garden with red dot between eyes

Posted by kathi_rogers 6a (My Page) on
Mon, Apr 6, 09 at 11:50

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


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RE: Honeybee in garden with red dot between eyes

They are from India?


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RE: Honeybee in garden with red dot between eyes

>>They are from India?<<

LOL...we have them around here too.

Konrad


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RE: Honeybee in garden with red dot between eyes

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


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RE: Honeybee in garden with red dot between eyes

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.


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RE: Honeybee in garden with red dot between eyes

  • Posted by jean001 z8aPortland, OR (My Page) on
    Fri, Apr 10, 09 at 1:26

Could it be a varroa mite?


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RE: Honeybee in garden with red dot between eyes

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.


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