I saw this bee on Lavender growing in our village. It was healthy and flying rapidly and did not look old or faded.
I find that its colour is quite remarkable. In fact, although it looked like a honey bee I had to assure myself that it had hairs on its eyes and wing venation that agreed with the identification of a honey bee.
I have seen “black bees” and Italian bees but never this colour of bee.
Does anyone know if it is a special type of honey bee?