What’s the Difference?
- There are over 250 known species
- Thick and furry body. Fat all around with yellow, orange, and/or black colouring.
- Thick wings visible when landed.
- Various sizes from 2-5cm.
- Small nests of 5-500 members.
- Bumblebees do not produce a honey surplus like honeybees.
- Queens are the only bee to overwinter in hibernation.
- Bumblebees are not aggressive and will only sting when the hive is threatened.
- Bumblebee nests should be left undisturbed until the winter months when they will die out naturally.
For more information about Bumble Bees go to: http://bumblebeeconservation.org/
- Honey bees represent only a small fraction of 20,000 known species of bees.
- Small body, fuzzy torso, sleek abdomen, and thin wings.
- About 2.5cm in length
- Colonies can contain 25000 bees.
- Play a major role in pollination of flowers and crops.
- Can sting only once, but the males cannot sting
- Produce a honey comb and honey surplus
- Large portion of the colony overwinters with the queen
- Honeybees are generally calm and unaggressive
- The large number of bees in a swarm can make people anxious. Trying to ‘scare- them off’ makes the bees feel threatened and is not advisable.
- The removal of a honey bee swarm is best done by a beekeeper. For anyone wishing to report a swarm, please call the Swarm Coordinator, Diane Bruce, on 01923 775943 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you may search the British Beekeepers’ Association website for other registered swarm collectors in the area.
- There are solitary wasps and social wasps
- Social wasps exist in colonies numbering up to several thousand and build nests of chewed wood.
- They can sting more than once.
- They have few or no thickened hairs (in contrast to bees).
- They are predators – mostly on other insects.
- The vast majority of wasps play no role in pollination,
- Although mainly carnivorous, they will steal nectar if they can by raiding honey bee colonies.
- Only the queen survives the winter. For this reason wasps take longer to establish themselves in the spring.
Published: November 2014 Last updated: June 2016