Yellow and/or black
Between 11-25 mm in length
Honey bees, carpenter bees, bumble bees
How to identify Bees
Bees can be identified by their size, colour, and shape. They typically range in size from 2-20 mm and come in a variety of colours such as black, yellow, brown, and orange. They have a round body with a distinct thorax and abdomen and have four wings and three pairs of legs. They also have a long tongue that they use to collect nectar from flowers. The easiest way to identify a bee is to look for the fuzzy hairs on their body and their black and yellow stripes.
Signs of an infestation
If you suspect that you may have a bee infestation, there are some signs to look out for. These include seeing swarms of bees near your home or property, hearing buzzing inside walls or other enclosed spaces, finding bee nests or hive structures on or near your property, discovering piles of sawdust near wood or other structures on your property, seeing increased numbers of dead bees near windows, doors or other openings, finding honeycomb or wax on the outside of your home or property, and experiencing a strong honey-like odour near your home or property. If you notice any of these signs, it is important to take action as soon as possible.
Bees have a vital role in the pollination of plants and the production of honey and beeswax. In the UK, there are over 250 species of bees present. Although they are beneficial to the environment, bees can be seen as a nuisance to some. When there is an excessive amount of bees, they may become hostile and sting humans and animals. To eradicate a bee infestation and ensure it does not happen again, it is recommended to contact a qualified pest control expert.
Habitat, Diet, and Life Cycle
Bees are an incredibly important species, playing a vital role in global ecosystems and food webs. They are found all over the world, living in a range of habitats, from deserts to forests and meadows.
Habitat: Bees are mainly found in temperate climates, and they prefer areas with plenty of flowers and shrubs. They live in colonies, typically in hollow trees or man-made structures called hives.
Diet: Bees feed on nectar and pollen from flowers. They use their long tongues to sip nectar and their hairy bodies to collect pollen.
Life Cycle: The lifespan of a bee depends on its species and role in the colony. Worker bees typically live for 6 weeks during the summer, while drones may live up to 6 months. Queens can live up to 5 years. The life cycle begins with the queen laying eggs in the hive. The eggs hatch into larvae, which are fed a mix of pollen and nectar called “bee bread”. The larvae then pupate and emerge as adults.
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