Western Honey Bee (Apis mellifera)

Origin: Originally Europe/Middle East, currently widespread
Sighted at: Northwest Austin, TX

I spotted this guy creeping along the ground this morning. I don’t know if he was physically unable to fly, or he was just trying to get some exercise. Or perhaps flying has gone out of fashion in the bee community? Maybe he’s all “tch! flying’s so 2012!”

As I tried to figure out what type of bee this was, I learned a bit about the differences between honey bees and bumblebees!