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BUGS

bumblebee

Bumblebee - Tensas River NWR

BEES

Anthophila

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
Learn more about the physical differences between bees in North Louisiana.

Helpful Links

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."