Bees are some of nature’s most amazing creatures. When you stop to think that they pollinate 80% of all flowering plants, a great deal of which are in the top 100 human food crops, you start to see how very useful and important they are. It is estimated that bees help 90% of the world’s wild plants to grow. On a more localized scale, bees are the key to entire ecosystems, as they allow plants to reproduce and thereby feed a vast array of the forest’s inhabitants. That being said, if you are a homesteader, a survivalist or a bushman, it is equally important that you be able to identify the different types of bees that buzz about your world. We’ve taken the liberty of helping you brush up on your bee ID, by lining out three of the most common bees out there.
These bees get their name as a result of the way they build their nests in wood. It is actually only the female bees that do the building. The males patrol the area around the nest and posture, so as to deter predators. On the whole, carpenter bees are solitary, not very aggressive and possess a smooth stinger that is capable of stinging multiple times.
One of the most common bees, known by most homesteaders and survivalists, the honey bee has been around for literally, millions of years. Vital as pollinators, they are the only insect that produces food eaten by humans. Honey bees live in large colonies, it is not uncommon for a hive of 90,000 miles to collect just 1kg of honey. They are non-aggressive and possess a barbed stinger that remains in the victim and kills the bee.
Perhaps the most visually recognizable bee out there, the bumble bee is large and furry looking. They are larger than honey bees and (while they are important pollinators) do not produce anywhere near as much honey. Bumble bees nest underground, or in confined spaces. They are somewhat aggressive and possess a smooth stinger that is capable of stinging many times.