Scientists have identified at least 20,000 different bee species in the world, all with
their own unique qualities and characteristics. Living in colonies with strict
hierarchies, bees fit into these categories: queen bee, drone, and worker bee. Here
are three different types of commonly found bees, and some fun facts about each.
Also called social bees, honeybees live in colonies around the world
consisting of up to 50,000-60,000 workers. They are unique in part because
they can stay alive for many years, keeping close contact for warmth and
eating honey during the winter months. Their barbed stingers tear off post-
stinging, so they can only sting once. They are used extensively for honey
production and crop pollination.
Colonies of bumblebees are relatively small compared to honeybees –
generally around 120-200 workers. This bee type is also very helpful in
crop and plant pollination. Stingers are smooth and do not attach to skin
after stinging someone; therefore they can sting multiple times.
Bumblebees aggressively defend their nests and will chase dangerous
invaders over long distances.
Similar in appearance to regular honeybees, Africanized killer bees have
differing wing measurements. Generally found in the Western and Southern
parts of the U.S., and South America, these bees usually attack in larger
numbers. Despite the name their venom is similar in potency to regular
honeybees. If you find yourself being pursued by these bees, it’s best to run
in a zigzag pattern and immediately find shelter. Killer bees can also only
sting once. To learn more about bee removal in El Cajon, please visit
this website www.aardvarkant.com/bees-wasps