Bee / Wasp Removal
- Most species of concern to man have yellow and black coloring; 7/16 to 5/8 inch long; appear to have hairy bodies.
- Live in colonies of from 20,000 to 80,000 individuals; will leave humans alone if not provoked.
- Nectar and pollen.
- Only one egg-laying queen in a hive; queen may live as long as five years and lay as many as 1500 to 2000 eggs per day; worker females protect eggs and the young; drones’ only duty is to mate with queen, after which they die.
- Stings can be painful, but are harmless to most people
- Large, about one inch, resemble bumblebees; some species may have a blue-black, green or purple metallic sheen; no hair on abdomen.
- Often burrow into the exposed, unfinished dry wood of buildings,telephone poles, fence posts and bridges; prefer softer woods for nesting; not social insects, although individuals may establish burrows close to each other.
- Pollen and nectar.
- Complete one generation per year in most of the U.S.; mature from egg to adult in 84 to 99 days; female furnishes nest with “bee bread,” a mixture of pollen and regurgitated nectar, and lays an egg on top of it.
- Males do not sting, but females have a potent sting which they rarely use; make loud buzzing noise when flying.
- Up to 5/8 inch long; reddish-brown and black with paler, orange- yellow rings on abdomen; two pairs of wings.
- Very social; hive in hollow trees and in hives kept by beekeepers; pollinate crops and produce honey.
- Adults drink nectar and eat honey.
- Queen lays eggs at intervals, producing colonies of 60,000 to 80,000 members; life span is usually two to three years for the queen; drones die after mating.
- Workers have a stinger that is used when colony is threatened; members of hive pass food to one another mixed with saliva to form a chemical bond.