FLYING INSECT IDENTIFICATION

Honeybee - Apis mellifera mellifera

The honeybee can easily be mistaken for a wasp - but look at her closely!  She will often have pollen packed on her rear legs and notice how much larger her black eyes are.  Also notice her legs compared to those of the wasp - the wasps legs are yellow and spindly whilst the honeybee has dark legs and much thicker  These insects are likely to swarm given the right conditions and these are the only ones that a beekeeper will collect from you if they swarm in your garden or on your property.  Actually, the honeybee is usually at its most docile during swarming but the sight of around 30,000 bees can be enough to scare the bravest of people.  Leave them alone and contact your nearest beekeeper association.  They will gladly remove them for you!

 

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