Bee Identification Chart


Honeybees live year round but are more dormant and in winter, honeybees can be observed and identified as a giant swarm migrating or as 5 to 20 bees buzzing around a wall, eave, chimney, or other structural openings. In hot dry areas honeybees may show up for water. new honeybee swarm may consist of 4,000 to 9,000 bees. An established hive generally has 10,000 to 50,000 bees and 20 to 80 lbs of honey. Respectively, there is no such thing as a small hive.

Unlike wasps, if a person is stung by a bee the ridged stinger of the bee often gets stuck in the skin, dislodging it from the bee and causing the bee to die shortly after. The average life span of a single honeybee is about 6 weeks in the summer and 4 months in the winter. About 1/3 of our food comes from pollination, the majority from honeybees. If you have an un-welcome beehive on your property call for help or visit how to get rid of bees to learn more.

Africanized honeybees (AHB)

Africanized honeybees (AHB) look the same as the european honeybee. Though un-noticeably smaller in size, the AHB are very protective of their home and can attack to defend it in great numbers, they may stay aggressive for days after being disturbed. Like european honeybees, africanized honeybees are become aggravated by loud noises, and vibrations and are provoked by certain smells such as fresh cut grass, bananas and the breath of mammals.

Africanized honey bees are primarily found in California, Nevada, Arizona, Texas, and Florida. If you have a aggressive bees getting rid of bees can be very difficult especially when the bees are in a structure. For a in-depth read on the AHB and identification visit africanized honey bee covering were they came from, were else they have populated, how they’re different including how there interacted with, and there current static.


Bumblebeesare found living in nests in number of 15 to 100 bees, they are perhaps twice the size of a honeybee. In the mid & upper regions of the US and through Canada you are likely to see brighter more colorful bumblebees than in the lower portion of the US. Bumblebees may be found in cavities in the ground such as an abandoned gopher hole, under sheds, or in other low to the ground places. Bumble bees are seasonal bees, after summer only queens overwinter to survive, starting a new colony in the spring. They can be known to defend their hive very aggressively and may sting multiple times and don’t lose their stinger. It is said that (like many types of bees) the bumblebee species has been declining.

Male carpenter bees

Male carpenter bees are solid black and they cannot sting. The females are tan in color and sting quite well. The Identification of carpenter bees are sometimes mistaken as bumblebees however carpenter bees are shiny, with fewer colors, and with less hair. Carpenter bees average one inch in length like the bumblebee. Their flight is faster than a bumblebee’s, and is also a bit more jerky flight, similar to a hummingbird. Carpenter bees are solitary bees burrowing holes the size of a dime or penny into wood patio covers, eaves, and other places.

Stingless bees

Stingless bees defend themselves by biting; they nest in tree trunks, branches, and ground cavities. They are typically smaller than a honeybee and are natively a more tropical bee. Stingless bee species have for some time been considered as options for pollination of kind. Because they do not sting, stingless honeybees as pollinators are claimed to be lesser a problem pest to home owners than honeybees. Though outperformed by the honeybee as pollinators, studies suggest that the stingless bees survival is not at threat

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