Differences between bumlebees and honeybees

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Differences between bumlebees and honeybees


Although these two might look similar they have a few traits that differentiates them , Lets have a look :


  • Bumble Bee
  • Large , Round Fuzzy Bodies with Yellow and black Stripes
  • During flight it almost seem like they are in a β€˜drunken’ state
  • While flying their legs hang down lazily
  • Honey Bee
  • Small bodies with stripes and little hairs on the upper abdomens
  • During flight they tend to fly direction-oriented
  • While flying their legs are tucked up and hidden from sight


  • Bumble Bee
  • Can be found in the wild
  • They do not create honey but they store nectar
  • They need areas where they have access to nectar for food
  • Honey Bee
  • Can be found mostly in domesticated areas
  • They create Honey
  • He Queen and daughters will occupy the hive taking care of their home

Nest Shape

  • Bumble Bee
  • Most commonly found on Ground Level
  • They Burrow to form Nests
  • They will also nest in hollowed out Logs , Piles of Branches or low structures
  • Honey Bee
  • Build Very Complex Hives with a substance called honeycomb
  • Their Hive is extremely accurate and made with mathematical Perfection
  • Hexagonal Compartments with each edge being around 0.1mm thick and arranged into 120 angle

Life Spans & Population

  • Bumble Bee
  • Populations Between 50-400
  • The Queen lives for a year , hibernating underground
  • The rest only Live a few Months
  • Honey Bee
  • Populations Between 20,000 – 60,000
  • Queen can live up to 7 years
  • The rest also only live few Months

Aggression & Sting

  • Bumble Bee
  • While they have the ability to Sting they rarely become aggressive
  • They possess the ability to sting multiple times however only when feeling threatened
  • Honey Bee
  • They will only sting when they feel threatened
  • When they sting the stinger will remain in the skin of their victims. Unfortunately the abdomen of the bee is torn open whilst stinging leaving behind a venom sack . This kills them and this is why they are known to only be able to sting once

Further Readings :

Whats Buzzing bees

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FunFacts on bees

How you can prevent stings this spring

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