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Most Common Bee Species
Bees belong to the flying insect group and are related to the ant and wasp family. They are significant to the environment because they help in pollination. There are about 25,000 species of bees. However, we have a list of the most common species that you would see in your surroundings. You ought to know about these bees in case you need to deal with them.
1. Honey Bees (Apis mellifera)
We know where the heavenly, sweet and trickily honey comes from, don’t we? The honey bees are oval-shaped, about 10-15 mm in size and have golden yellow bodies with dark brown bands on them. They have stingers but can sting just once in their lifetime. The sting tears away from them when they fly away after stinging. They live in colonies and have a queen. They make honey from pollen and nectar and store them in the honeycombs. They use this stored food to survive the winters.
2. Carpenter Bees (Xylocopa latipes)
These are solitary bees and are referred to as the ‘wood bee’ by many people. They make their nests in wood by drilling through them. They are oval-shaped, around 3-30 mm in size and have blue blackish colored bodies. They feed on pollen and nectar. They can sting but only do when provoked. If they find solace in your wooden things, then they can be a nuisance.
3. Sweat Bees (Lasioglossum spp)
They live in colonies, but some of them can be solitary. They dig holes in the ground and make their nests in the soil. Sweat bees are oval-shaped, about 3-23 mm in size and have metallic green/blue/bronze colored bodies. They feed on pollen and enjoy human sweat – which is where they get their name from. Sweat bees are very small, so humans don’t realize that a sweat bee is enjoying their sweat.
4. Mining Bees (Andrena)
It is a ground-nesting bee that lives a solitary life. One may find them hovering in a swarm, but they are actually not a colony. They dig their own nests and care for the young alone. Mining bees are oval-shaped, about 8-17 mm in size and have black bodies with whitish stripes on the abdomen. They are the most common species in the Andrenidae family. They are often found in gardens during the spring. They can sting, but their stingers don’t hurt. Moreover, they are not aggressive and will not sting you unless they are aggravated.
5. Bumble Bee (Bombus)
Bumble bees are social insects and live in huge families. But unlike the honey bees, they build their nests in the ground. Some nests can be found in the attics, beneath the roof beams, etc. They are oval-shaped, about 10-23 mm in size and their bodies are black with yellow bands all over it. They collect pollen and nectar and help in pollination. Their stings are not barbed, so they have the ability to sting more than once.
These are the most common bee species that you will find in your surroundings.
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