Bee Identification

Bumble Bees


Size: Adult workers range from 1/4 inch - 1 inch. The queen range from 3/4 inch - 1 inch

Color: Very hairy with black and yellow

Shape: Oval

Habits and Habitat

Bumble bees are social insects that consists of three adult bumble bees: a queen, workers (infertile female) and drones (male). The queen overwinters in the ground until spring arrives. When spring comes, the queen will emerge form the ground and search an area where the queen can make a nest. Even though bumble bees make their nests in the ground such as an abandoned rodent burrows, they will also make a nest in walls, logs, sheds, wood pile, compost pile, crawl space or attics. 

The danger of bumble bees is if someone is allergic to their stingers. Male bumble bees don't have stingers, since they are used for mating, but female workers and the queen does. Bumble bees are not aggressive and they have little interest in stinging humans, unless they feel that they are being threatened or if someone disturbs their nests. 


Honey Bees


Size: Adult workers range from 1/2 inch - 5/8 inch. The queen range from 5/8 inch - 3/4 inch

Color: Yellowish-orange and black

Shape: Oval

Habits and Habitat

Honey Bees are social insects that live in colonies in hives. The colony consists of three adult honey bees: a queen, workers (infertile females) and drones (males). Not only does the honey bee queen overwinters, but the entire colony does as well until the spring comes. The queen mates with male drone bees and the queen will lay 2,000 eggs. The queen is the only female that lays eggs. Honey bees mainly make their nest inside hollow trees, hollow walls, and attics but honey bees prefer to live outdoors near plants so they can make honey from pollinating plants. Honey bees not only extract the pollen from flowers, nectar is also being extracted. The nectar is then brought back to the nest where the nectar is being turned into honey.

Even though honey bees are considered beneficial insects, they still pose a danger. Like bumble bees, honey bees only sting when they feel threatened and people can have an allergic reaction when being stung. When someone is stung by a worker honey bee, the stinger and the venom sac will detached from the honey bee's body and will start to inject venom into the muscle. If the sting is not removed immediately and carefully, the venom will continue to spread throughout the body.


Carpenter Bees 


 Size: Adults range from 1/4 inch - 1 inch

Color: Yellow or black

Shape: Oval and robust

Habits and Habitat

Carpenter Bees get their names from boring holes into wood. Carpenter bees resembles bumble bee in terms of length, but unlike bumble bees, carpenter bees are hairless and have a black and shiny abdomen. Carpenter bees don't live in colonies like honey bees and bumble bees. Carpenter bees are not social insects and like to remain in solitude. During the spring, carpenter bees will search areas that other carpenter bees made and abandoned or excavate a new nest in fresh wood. Once carpenter bees finish making their nest, like honey bees and bumble bees, they will overwinter then re-emerge in spring.

The danger of carpenter bees is the amount of holes that carpenter bees bore into wood. Like carpenter ants, carpenter bees make don't eat wood, they excavate through it. Carpenter bees make round smooth holes in wood causing structural damage inside residential homes and commercial buildings. If the holes in structures are left untreated, then carpenter bees will continue to bore holes and new generation of carpenter bees will bore more holes in the same structure. The holes that carpenter bees make can be exposed to moisture and will start to rot.


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