Common Name:  bumblebees and honeybees

Description:  Bumblebees and honeybees stand out with numerous branched hairs that cover their bodies. In addition, the first segment of the hind tarsi on the bee is enlarged and bears a pollen basket. They are yellow, black, or honey brown in color. Their maxillae and labium have evolved to form a tongue for collecting nectar.

Spot ID Key Characters:

  1. Body heavily clothed with branched hairs
  2. First segment of hind tarsi enlarged and flattened; usually bearing a “pollen basket”

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Order:  Hymenoptera