Honey bee (Apis mellifera) enjoying the blooming karo (Pittosporum crassifolium)
I think this is a "winter" honey bee. See note "Profile of an Old Bee" at end of page: http://nathistoc.bio.uci.edu/hymenopt/Honey%20Bee.htm
On a Texas snakeweed bloom.
Honey bees (or honeybees) are a subset of bees in the genus Apis, primarily distinguished by the production and storage of honey and the construction of perennial, colonial nests out of wax. Honey bees are the only extant members of the tribe Apini, all in the genus Apis. Currently, there are only seven recognised species of honey bee with a total of 44 subspecies, though historically, anywhere from six to eleven species have been recognised. Honey...