Vulture Bees

Vultures bees harvesting sugars from rotted fruit in order to make honey

Vulture Bee Classification Class: Insecta Order: Hymenoptera Family: Apidae Genus: Trigona Species: Hypogea Vulture bees are stingless bees whose earliest recorded data dates only back to 1758. However, it was not until 1982 that their carnivorous diet of dead animal flesh was discovered by entomologist Davi Roubik.  This was quite the groundbreaking revelation as bees […]

Wallace’s Giant Bee

Wallace's giant bee on a rock face on the island cluster, North Moluccas

Wallace’s Giant Bee Classification Class: Insecta Order: Hymenoptera Family: Megachilidae Genus: Megachile (Callomegachile) Species: M. pluto Wallace’s giant bee is an Indonesian resin bee and the largest known living bee species. It has been thought twice that Wallace’s giant bees are extinct. It was not until 2019 that an expedition was undertaken on the islands […]

Ashy Mining Bees

An ashy mining bee pollinating the hawthorn flower

Ashy Mining Bee Classification Class: Insecta Order: Hymenoptera Family: Andrenidae Genus: Andrena Species: Andrena cineraria Ashy mining bees are solitary digging bees, which means that they dig their own holes in the ground for nesting. Ashy mining bees are scientifically known as Andrena cineraria. Additionally, they are known as gray mining bees or Danubian miners. […]

Blue-Banded Bees

Close up side view of a blue banded bee resting on a stick

Blue-Banded Bee Classification Class: Insecta Order: Hymenoptera Family: Apidae Tribe: Anthophorini Genus: Amegilla Subgenera Notomegilla and Zonamegilla [1] Species: Fourteen species of blue banded bees are currently recognized: Notomegilla aeruginosa, N. chlorocyanea, Zonamegilla adelaidae, Z. asserta, Z. alpha, Z. thorogoodi, Z. cingulata, Z. indistincta, Z. murrayensis, Z. karlba, Z. paeninsulae, Z. pulchra, Z. walkeri, and […]

Honey Bee Colonies


Honey bees are eusocial insects that live in colonies A honey bee colonies are complex societies consisting of members of the same species coexisting together in a unit, each with a specific task to be carried out. Colonies are intricate social structures regulated by the queen and carried out by worker bees and drones. Table […]

Honey Bees


Honey bees are eusocial insects that live in colonies Honey bees are eusocial insects belonging to the Apidae family and the genus Apis. They are known most prominently for their ability to create honey, as well as their superior pollinating capabilities. Table of Contents Add a header to begin generating the table of contents What Are […]

Honey Bee Sting


Honey bee inserting its stinger into human skin Honey bees sting as a defence mechanism to protect the colony. When an intruder invades, the workers release pheromones to alert the others of the threat and lead them to its location. In this event, the pheromones stimulate their attack response. Table of Contents Add a header […]

Furrow Bees


Furrow bees are also called Sweat bees One of the most populous families of bees is also the most biodiverse. Furrow bees, also known as “Sweat” bees, cannot be easily characterized or quantified because their habitats are largely dependent on the region. What is common is their choice of nesting location: underground or in rotted […]

Drone Honey Bee

The male species of honey bees are called drone honey bees Drone honey bees are the males of the species. They are produced when a queen places an egg into a cell created exclusively for drones. Once they are positioned in these cells, they are not fertilized by the queen; fertilized cells will become female […]

Cuckoo Bumblebee

There are 29 species of Cuckoo bumblebees, representing about 15% of the total bee population Cuckoo bumblebees are parasites that take over the nests of standard social bumblebees, and take on the appearance of being the freeloaders of our ecosystem. Cuckoo Bumblebees try to get their hosts to do everything for them and not give […]