At A Glance
- IDENTIFICATION: Two sets of wings, six legs, antennae, segmented body, hairy, and black with yellow stripes on full body or black body with black and yellow markings on head and stingers
- COMMONLY CONFUSED WITH: Hornets and yellow jacket wasps
- DIET: Nectar, pollen, honey (regular larvae), royal jelly (larvae that will become queens)
- HABITAT: Gardens, forests, meadows
- BREEDING: Spring, summer, fall and winter - lays up to 2000 eggs daily in hive or nest
- BEHAVIOR: Social networkers, live in holes in wood panels within homes, nests underground, hives
- SPECIAL SKILLS: Communicating with dance, making wax and honey
- SEASONS FOR VIEWING IN NORTH LOUISIANA: Spring, Summer, Fall
Note the thick hair found over the bumblebee's body.
Note the bald spot on the carpenter bee's back.
Note the small size and the golden color of the honeybee's face.
If you have a subscription to BioOne COMPLETE, you can learn more about the more than 200 species of bees found in Louisiana by downloading "The Bees (Hymenoptera: Apoidea) of Louisiana: An Updated, Annotated Checklist." You can also learn more about our bees and other bugs at insectidentification.org and at "Bees, Hornets, and Wasps of the World."