Honey bees it is all about the numbers most honey bee hives consist of thousands of members.
They travel in packs. This can be quite deceptive though on a small sub swarm of honeybees or bees foraging on flowers or honey bees around water.
- Bees tend to be fuzzy. They have fuzz or hairs on their thorax and abdomen.
- Bees can have two pollen sacks on their back two legs and tend to be covered with pollen (like Cheeto dust ranging from yellow to orange)
- Bees tend to have larger wings and be shorter smaller and rounder than wasps.
Although honey bees can range in color from bright yellow to almost black their colors are often duller than those of hornets and wasps. Honey Bees tend to be thicker with a dull yellow or brownish thorax and sometimes bands of dull yellow or brown segments on their abdomen as most of us remember from pictures from our youth.
- Honey bees tend to live inside a structure and make a waxy comb within their hive. The beehive typically is in a soffit or eve area of a roof or behind some sort of roofline fixture like a chimney. Bees will fly in almost a direct line from the entrance of their hive (ever heard the term run a B-line). This looks like a bee highway early in the morning and right before sunset with most of the activity occurring during these times.
- Bees are typically non aggressive unless their hive is disturbed.
- Forage bees (the honeybees you see on flowers are very gentile)
- Bees Swarm and form a large ball on branches and areas as they seek their new home.
This can be quite intimidating, but this is a very common occurrence and although we recommend not getting too close to a swarm of bees on a tree or branch and call a professional beekeeper, they are typically extremely gentle.