[PW] Unknown Insect

Doug Anderson andersdo at acdl.info
Wed Mar 30 14:20:53 PDT 2016

Might they be bees infected with DWV (deformed wing virus)?


On Wed, Mar 30, 2016 at 3:58 PM, Luke Owens <lilongjr at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi, everyone! This is for me, so there's no real hurry.
> I've been living in the Southern California desert for about four years now
> and have a question about one of the insects I've been seeing.
> They are of a size, shape, and appearance as a honeybee, but they don't
> fly. The wings are apparently vestigial. They seem to congregate in groups,
> though sometimes wander off on their own. I don't know if they have hives
> or not. I also don't know if they sting.
> Does anyone know about these things, at least what they're called? I can
> take either a generic or species name and look them up, but I need at least
> that much information.
> Thank you all in advance!
> Luke
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