Bees Identification & Information
Carpenter BeesSolitary insects that do not form colonies. Male and female carpenter bees overwinter as adults within their old nest gallery. Adults emerge in the spring (April and early May) and mate. Females excavate a clean-cut, round nest entrance hole on the lateral surface of the wood in exposed or unexposed locations. Feeds on pollen and nectar.
Africanized Honey BeesColor: brownish black with wings and looks very similar to our European honey bee. It is the action of this bee that is a better identification tool. They look like honey bees but they are very aggressive and fast to swarm like a yellow jacket. Size: 3/8- to 1/2-inch Feeding & Habits: feeds on pollen and nectar, dies when it stings as the stinger stays in the skin and continues to inject venom. The venom is no different than the EHB, the difference is that the AHB’s swarm and sting in large numbers. The AHB population has been seen in the most southern areas of Colorado and has been moving from the southeast to the northwest since 2003. (Caution – This insect is a public health concern)
European Honey BeesColor: brownish-black with wings (Caution-Africanized Honey Bees look exactly the same by the necked eye). Size: 3/8- to 1/2-inch Feeding & Habits: feeds on pollen and nectar, dies when it stings as the stinger stays in the skin and continues to inject venom. The venom is no different than the AHB, the difference is that the AHB’s swarm and sting in large numbers.
Bumble BeesColor: black or gray hairs variously tinged with yellow, orange or red Size: ranging in size from 1/3 to 1-3/8 inches long Feeding & Habits: Collects masses of pollen and moistens this with nectar to produce a stored food called "bee bread. Usually only has up to 200 workers in a nest, and the sting is very painful.
Solitaire Ground Nesting BeesColor: brownish black very similar to a honey bee Size: 3/8 – 1 in long Feeding & Habits: feeds on pollen and honey from honey bee nests, prefer to nest in sandy and clay soils individually. Non-aggressive and usually does not sting.
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