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How to Identify Honey Bees

[heading_horizontal type=”h1″]How to Identify Honey Bees[/heading_horizontal] [gap size=”20px”] [entry_title] We’re all familiar with the sound of masses of buzzing bees on a warm summer’s day. But did you know that these bees can be many different species?[/entry_title] [text_block]There are several hundred different types of bee resident in the British Isles. Many of them are confused with Honey Bees. Unfortunately we are only able to held in the case of honey bees. Please consult this guide before contacting us. Note that we can only deal with swarms within the 12 miles of Brackley.
[/text_block] [picture_post class=”panel” style=”small” title=”Honey Bees” image=”http://meadowbees.com/wp-content/uploads/honeybee-300×300.png”] [sub_header] Honey bees themselves can vary a certain amount in appearance but are generally light brown and black.
[/sub_header] When honey bees swarm they will generally settle somewhere such as on the branch of a tree or in a bush or maybe on a wall whilst they send out scouts to find a new suitable home.

Beekeepers can assist in the removal of HoneyBees. Please use our Swarm Collection Form.

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[/picture_post] [picture_post class=”panel” style=”small” title=”Bumble Bees” image=”http://meadowbees.com/wp-content/uploads/swarm_bumblebee-2.jpg”] [sub_header] Bumblebees are often confused with honeybees. However they are rounder, larger and furrier and come with a variety of coloured stripes across the end of their tails. Are they in a bird box, under the decking, in the compost?
[/sub_header] Bumblebees are important pollinators. Leave the nests alone if possible. They will die out at the end of summer and will cause no further problems. Bumblebees rarely sting or attack people or animals and should therefore not be disturbed. There are 24 different types of native bumblebee, all of which vary in size and colour.
For more information about bumblebees go to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust Website.

Beekeepers are unable to assist in the removal of Bumblebees.
[/picture_post] [picture_post class=”panel” style=”small” title=”Solitary Bees” image=”http://meadowbees.com/wp-content/uploads/swarm_solitary_bee.jpg”] [sub_header] Are there lots of small bees popping in and out of the wall or very small holes in the ground. Do they have a “reddy/brown” bottom? Are they almost black?
[/sub_header] These are solitary bees, of which there are 225 species recorded in the UK and they post no threat or harm to you, your family or pets. Solitary bees are important pollinators and should be left alone. Their numbers will decrease over the summer and their nests should be left alone.
For more information go to Wild About Gardens.

Beekeepers are unable to assist in the removal of Solitary Bees.
[/picture_post] [picture_post class=”panel” style=”small” title=”Wasps” image=”http://meadowbees.com/wp-content/uploads/swarm_wasp.jpg”] [sub_header] Is it bright yellow with black stripes? Very smooth, mainly yellow with black stripes? Is it in the roof of your house? Are they coming from a round nest in a tree? Is there a nest in the shed? Do they have a high pitched buzz? Are they after all things sweet? Then these are probably wasps.
[/sub_header] For more information go to BWARS.

Beekeepers are unable to assist in the removal of Wasps.
[/picture_post] [picture_post class=”panel” style=”small” title=”Hornets” image=”http://meadowbees.com/wp-content/uploads/swarm_hornet.jpg”] [sub_header] Are they very big with a loud buzz? Are they black and brown with a hint of orange? Living in the roof or shed? Do they have a very big curved tail? These are European Hornets and are valuable pollinators usually found in wooden areas.
[/sub_header] For more information go to BWARS.

Beekeepers are unable to assist in the removal of Hornets.
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