Different Types Of British Bees

In Britain, there are around 250 different species of bees. Even with so many different species of bees that love our UK flowers, they can actually be broken down into two groups – the social bee and the solitary bee. Here is a guide on what each of these groups are.

Social Bees

Only 24 species of bee in the UK are social bees. The most common type of these bees are the honey and bumble bee, and probably the most talked about. Social bees like to live together in colonies, and are normally around from March to November each year.

In each colony, there is one queen who lays the eggs. The female workers are around her to look after the young, collect the pollen, water and nectar. The male drone bees don’t have to do much. Their only role is to reproduce. All male bees and the queen bee die in the autumn, but the new queen bee will go into hibernation.

The honey bee has been a common name in UK households for centuries. This is because they have been semi-domesticated for thousands of years. They live a very domesticated life in their hives, and can live in very large groups.

Bumble bees are also social, but they live in smaller groups. Some even make their nests underground or in old birds nests. Bumble bees play a huge role in pollinating all of the different plants and crops we have here in the UK.

Solitary Bees

Many people would think that the bumble bee is the most common type of bee in the UK. When in fact, solitary bees have close to 225 different species buzzing around Britain. Solitary bees live alone, and make their burrows underground. They may make nests next to each other, but they live alone.

Fruit trees in the UK can thank solitary bees for their pollination. They have quite a short life span, and usually die off around November.

All types of British bees are unfortunately on the decline in the UK. More and more is being done to save the Great British bee, with people providing safe places for them to live when they need it. If you have bees on your property, call in our team of pest control experts to have them moved on and not exterminated.


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