The Different Types of Bees

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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.

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The Different Types of Bees

  1. 1. 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.
  2. 2. Honeybees 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. Bumblebee 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.
  3. 3. Killer Bees 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

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