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An acquaintance took this photo today and thought that it was a queen bee & drone that had fallen to earth. It certainly looks like mating but is it apis mellifera?

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No they are Bumblebees. Bombus sp.

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Do they mate in flight like apis mellifera?

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5 minutes ago, OwenW said:

Do they mate in flight like apis mellifera?

No.  They mate on the ground

 

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On 10/12/2018 at 12:08 PM, OwenW said:

An acquaintance took this photo today and thought that it was a queen bee & drone that had fallen to earth. It certainly looks like mating but is it apis mellifera?

queenbee.jpg

Looks like a Bombus terrestris queen and drone. But bumblebee species identification can be a tricky business. I can't claim to be an expert. The other types in NZ are B. hortorum, B. ruderatus, and the very rare B. subterraneus which I think lives only in Canterbury. All imported species from England. 

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