Honey Bees colonies can grow to monumental size. A single colony can contain several hundred thousand workers with the colony borders sometimes cover entire habitats. This dark brown to black ants give off a musty odor when crushed.
- Color: Golden-yellow with darker bands of brown Legs: 6
- Shape: Oval, bee shaped
- Size: Queen 5/8 –3/4”, Drones 5/8”, Workers ½ -5/8”1/2 to 5/8” long
- Antennae: Yes
- Region: Throughout the U.S.
- Habits: Honeybees are active pollinators, and produce honey with which to feed their young through the winter. Unlike other social insects, honeybee colonies can survive many years.
- Habitat: Honeybees produce honey from pollen and nectar of the plants they pollinate. They honey is stored in honeycombs within their nests. Nests may be built in tree crevices, but will occasionally build nests in attics or chimneys.
- Threats: Honeybees do sting, but they only sting once. People allergic to insect stings will have a more severe reaction than those less sensitive. The sting can be extremely painful, and the stinger should be removed immediately.