Bee Identification

Please review all the below questions before coming to any conclusion.  Thank you!

QUESTION 1: Are they round and very hairy with a yellow/white or orange band on its tail/bottom? Are they like stripy footballs? Do they make a V loud buzzing sound? Are they living in an old bird box, a compost heap, under the decking, a hole in the ground?  YES OR NO

BumblebeeBumblebee

IF YES – ACTION: Leave them alone if possible. Bumblebees are an important
pollinator and rarely sting. Bumblebees are under threat of extinction. For
more information contact the www.bumblebeeconservation.org.uk


QUESTION 2: Are they round and very hairy with an orange back, black body and white tail/bottom? Do they make a V loud buzzing sound? Are they living in an old bird box, a compost heap, under the decking, a hole in the ground? YES OR NO

IF YES – ACTION: Leave them alone if possible. Tree bumblebees are an important
pollinator and rarely sting. For more information contact the www.bumblebeeconservation.org.uk


QUESTION 3: Is it bright yellow with black stripes? Very smooth mainly yellow with black stripes?
Is it in the roof of your house? Are they coming from a round nest in a tree? Is
there a nest in the shed? Do they have a high pitched buzz? Are they interested in
sweet sugary foods? YES OR NO

waspwasp

wasp nest

IF YES – ACTION: These are WASPS contact a local pest control expert or Sheffield City Council – Domestic Pest Control services


QUESTION 4: Are they very big with a loud buzz? Are they black and brown with a hint of orange? Living in the roof or shed? Do they have a very big curved tail?  YES OR NO

hornethornet

hornet

IF YES – ACTION: These are HORNETS contact a local pest control expert or Sheffield City Council – Domestic Pest Control services


QUESTION 5: Does it have golden brown or dark brown bands? Are they slightly furry? Are they formed in
a clump hanging from a tree, gate post, chimney? Are there thousands of them swirling
around in the air? Are they the same size as a house fly?  YES OR NO

honeybeehoneybee

honeybee swarm

IF YES – ACTION: These are Honeybees, please contact us and we may be able to help.

 

NOTE: Pictures and content on this page have been taken from a BBKA publication.  The original can be downloaded and printed from this link: Bee Identification Chart

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