Key Characteristics:

  • Size: Medium to Large
  • Color: Orange-brown with black stripes on abdomen
  • Legs: Enlarged, flattened plates on hind legs.
  • Pollen: Carries moist pollen in clumps on hind legs.
  • Thorax: Fuzzy thorax.
  • Flight pattern: Flies methodically from flower to flower.
  • Makes a buzzing sound when flying.

Honey bees are often what comes to mind when people think of the word bee.  Take caution when identifying honeybees because many flies attempt to mimic bees.


*When monitoring, it is most important to differentiate between honeybees and other types of ‘wild’ bees.