White Bees

Posted Nov 23, 2006
Last Updated Nov 10, 2011
white bee
white bee
white bee

On September 15, 2006 I photographed these bees (or flies that mimmick bees) on a goldenrod. It was late in the afternoon and the bright sun gave color to the field. Jennifer found this large cluster of white and black bees that were only slightly smaller than honey bees. Their eyes were noticeably green and they were thickly covered in hair. All were congregated on a single goldenrod.

I did not count them, but there seemed to be around a dozen. I could not tell what was keeping their attention focused. I would like to identify these bees (or flies), but I have not been able to find information on them yet.


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Dark sylveon

Apr 2, 2017

I have taken pictures of white bees in Exeter, Not sure if they have a genetic mutation that makes them white or a new sub-species of honey bee

David cornett

Aug 5, 2015

I caught a swarm of bees this spring my first hive ever 3 weeks ago I started seeing white bees coming in and out of my hive. I'm seeing more and more as my queen produces off spring.

Mitchell Metcalf

Jun 25, 2008

I'm deathly allergic to bees so when I saw these insects that looked like white shaded bees I didn't get close enough to take a good look at them but there was about half a dozen floating (like bees do) around a post of my porch. Any more information you could get me on them would be great. Thanks

julie falkingham

Sep 22, 2009

i too have seen some white bee or wasps,to me there did look like wasps,and it was obviously a nest of them,i too didnt get too close


Oct 14, 2011

My daughter was just stung by a white bee, and I just caught one. It is beautiful...but I've never seen these before, but they are indeed bees.

Kendra Garcia

May 13, 2007

I have heard of such a bee. I am Catholic and St. Rita of Cascia is my patron saint. Read her story and you will find information about such bees and perhaps could journey to Cascia as I understand that this is the only place these bees exist. Here is a link to a page that will tell you about St. Rita and her bees http://www.sacramentals.org/saintritaofcascia.htm
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