Have you ever gone to your garden to grab a bee and have a close look to see its attributes better? Perhaps it’s time to do now! But we don’t want you to take the risk of holding one. Here we will be sharing with you the kinds of bees you are most likely to find and how you can identify these. But how will this be useful to you at all? When you understand the different types of bees you will know to what extent each of these is harmful. On the off chance you are dealing with bedbugs and pests at home, this blog will be highly informative for you when it comes to pest extermination.

1. Honey bees or Apis mellifera:

Quite interestingly honeybee was imported mainly for the purpose of pollinating agricultural crops. You can distinguish honeybees very easily due to their coloring, that is golden brown with black hued abdominal stripes. Usually you will encounter the female workers. When honey bees visit the flowers every now and then you are likely to see pollen on their legs. While they collect the pollens, it is moved across their bodies and legs. This is where they store them in tiny baskets. Honey bees live in artificial hives usually maintained by professional beekeepers, it’s rare to find them in wild colonies. Surprisingly, they have a barbed stinger so they can only sting you once. The stinger is connected to their abdomen and digestive tract. When a honey bee stings the stinger remains with the victim.

2. Bumble bees or Bombus bimaculatus:

A bumble bee is slightly bigger in size than honey bee. It has a black body that is covered with yellow and black hair. You are most likely to confuse these with carpenter bees. So how can you tell the difference? Carpenter bees are quite bigger than bumble bees. Bumble bees have hair on their abdomen as opposed to the carpenter bees. Because they are so noisy when they get into a flower they have been named so, the reason of the noise being they move so fast within the flower. They live in big colonies in nests which are usually constructed in ground in abandoned mammal holes.

3. Carpenter bees or Xylocopa:

You will sometimes notice a bee coming from nowhere and hovering right in front of your face? Well, That is a carpenter bee! Carpenter bees, like bumble bees and honey bees, have pollen baskets on their legs. They have a black body with dense yellow and black colored hairs over their head and thorax. They have a bald abdomen. It would be interesting to know carpenter bees lay female eggs first and males last. When it comes to your woodwork, these can be really destructive. And this has earned them a bad reputation. They can bore into your wood and make a really neat hole just like you would have done with a power drill. Painted wood is the only thing that seems to discourage them.

4. Mason bees or Osmia atriventris:

Mason bees are fast-flying and little in size. They will seem to you like tiny fighter jets. You will find these in the metallic hues ranging from dull green to black and blue. Unlike the others, they carry pollen in hairs, they don’t have pollen baskets. Mason bees are most active during spring. You will be overwhelmed to know they close nest cavities using mud, hence, has their name been originated.

5. Leafcutter bees or Megachile parallela:

Leafcutter bees are black in color and have their thorax and bottom of abdomen covered with white hair. With their white fur and sizable jaws they stand out among their peers. This helps them to cut off leaves. Just like mason bees, leafcutter bees have nesting characteristics. However, they don’t use mud but leaves to close up their nest cavities. These fly really fast and carry the pollen on their abdomen.

The bees are commonly found in and around the households. Sometimes you may have noticed swarms of bees in your home or nearby . It is always recommended whenever you see a bee hive, whether big or small, you should urgently call your local bee removal service provider. A bee removal professional will always help with the best option available, under safety instruction.

Author's Bio: 

I'm a writer and illustrator. I did graduation in Journalism. For my Postgraduate thesis, I researched on Communicative Science and Disorder.