Bumble bee: social bees that create colonies and make nest with structures called “honey pots.” However, they don’t make enough honey for people to consume, unlike honey bees. Photo: Tiffani Harrison📷
Carpenter bee: chew through wood to make tunnels where they build their nest. Photo: Ellen Richard
Nomada bee: these cuckoos lay their eggs in other bee’s nests so they do not have to collect pollen to feed their young. Photo: Ellen Richard
Mining bee: digs her own tunnels underground with branching cells which make up her solo nest. Photo: Ellen Richard
Plasterer bee: lines her brood cells with a waterproof membrane that protects it from fungal infections. Photo: Sarah Richard
Green sweat bee: sweat bees sometimes drink human’s sweat for salt – hence their name. Don’t worry if they land on you, they don’t often sting and even if they did, they’re so small that it won’t hurt too much. Photo: Ellen Richard
Additional fun fact:
One of the primary differences between bees and wasps is that a bee’s diet is dependent on nectar and pollen from flowers, whereas wasps get their protein from eating other insects instead of pollen.
Bumble Bee Conservation Technician
Ellen has completed a Master’s degree in environmental sciences at the University of Guelph. Her research focused on assessing non-bee pollinators forage patterns in an agricultural environment. She has a huge passion for the diversity of form and function in the insect world.
Ellen loves sharing this smaller, often overlooked world with others and spreading the excitement.
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