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Only reason I asked is because I didn't know until recently that yellow jackets could look a lot like honeybees:
[img]https://www.honeybeeremoval.com/images/Thumb%20Nails/Yellowjack%20Honeybee.jpg[/img]
https://www.honeybeeremoval.com/yellowjackets.honeybees.htm

It's easier to tell them apart when they look as different as this:
[img]https://today.slac.stanford.edu/images/2007/bees-small.jpg[/img]
https://today.slac.stanford.edu/a/2007/05-29.htm
[img]https://acebees.com/beeVSwasp.jpg[/img]
https://www.acebees.com/services.html


This is a good page:
Bee Mimics -- What is (and isn't) a bee?
https://beespotter.mste.illinois.edu/topics/mimics/mimics.html
So's this:
https://pollinator.com/identify/whatsbuzzin.htm

Still can't find the page that I'd seen before in which the honeybee and yellow jacket looked very very similar unless viewed from below. :?

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For us here, Sept is yellow jacket season and the things that come to people food and drink are always yellow jackets and never honeybees.
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Honey bees do love the sunflowers

We grew a lot of sunflowers this year and the bees just loved them. We have high hopes of starting our own hive next spring. I also recently read about a honey bee naturally bred in Minnesota that is resistant to many of the problems killing bees.



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