The Differences Between Bumblebees and Honeybees

The Differences Between Bumblebees and Honeybees

Bumblebees and honeybees are both important pollinators that play a critical role in our ecosystem. However, they are different in several ways, from their physical appearance to their behavior and habitat. Let’s explore the differences between bumblebees and honeybees.

Physical Appearance

One of the most obvious differences between bumblebees and honeybees is their physical appearance. Bumblebees are larger and hairier than honeybees, with rounder bodies and more robust wings. Their bodies are covered in dense hair, which makes them look fuzzy, and they have a distinct black and yellow striped pattern.

Honeybees appear smaller and have slimmer bodies. These insects have a distinctive golden color and a more pronounced abdomen. Their wings are also narrower and more translucent than bumblebees.


Both types of bees also differ in their behavior. Bumblebees are social insects that live in small colonies with a few hundred bees. They are active during the day and prefer to forage on flowers that are close to the ground. They are also excellent pollinators for plants that require a buzz pollination technique, such as tomatoes and blueberries.

Honeybees, on the other hand, are highly social insects that live in large colonies with tens of thousands of bees. They are active during the day and prefer to forage on flowers located higher up. They are also known for their ability to communicate with each other using a complex system of dances, which helps them find food sources.


Honeybees and bumblebees have different habitat preferences due to their distinct nesting behaviors. Honeybees prefer to nest in cavities such as hollow trees or rock crevices; whereas bumblebees prefer to nest in underground burrows, such as abandoned rodent holes, or in above ground areas like abandoned bird nests.

If you believe you have found a honeybee or bumblebee nest on your property, give our team a call today for a safe bee relocation and removal.

Toe Tapping Songs about Bugs

bug band comic on a white background

After doing a post on bug movies, we thought it was only appropriate to have a post about bug songs!  We came up with some classic kid songs, some well-known mainstream songs, and even found some songs that we’ve never heard of before!

Here’s our list of Songs about Bugs:

  • Itsy Bitsy Spider
  • Bringing Home a Baby Bumblebee
  • Ants Go Marching
  • Shoo Fly, Don’t Bother Me
  • The Flight of the Bumblebee – written by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
  • La Cucaracha
  • The Bugs Bunny Theme Song
  • All My Friends Are Insects – Weezer
  • Butterfly – Weezer
  • Butterfly – The Verve
  • Greedy Fly – Bush
  • Between Angels and Insects – Papa Roach
  • Termite Song – Joseph Arthur
  • Dune Buggy – The Presidents of the United States
  • Butterfly Kisses – Bob Carlisle
  • Bugs – Pearl Jam
  • Spider – They might Be Giants
  • Ticks – Brad Paisley
  • Fireflies – Owl City
  • Ants Marching – Dave Matthews Band

While coming up with songs we also came up with some band names that were based on bugs:

  • The Beatles
  • Alien Ant Farm
  • Papa Roach
  • Adam and the Ants
  • Daddylong Legs

For more “Ticky Tunes” visit Northwest Exterminating‘s Pinterest page!

What bug themed songs or bands can you think of?


5 Bugs to Love

Valentine’s Day is a day of LOVE!  Bugs aren’t something that we usually “love” but in the spirit of the holiday, here are 5 bugs to love!

  1. Ladybugs are not only one of the cuter bugs out there but they are beneficial because they eat large quantities of aphids, mites and other arthropods that feed on various plants in your yard or garden. Imported more than 100 years ago to defend orchards and orange groves, ladybugs can eat up to 5,000 pests in their lifetime.
  2. Earthworms are nature’s most efficient composters.  These scavengers create the kind of well-aerated, humus-rich soil gardeners call “black gold.”
  3. The love bug is also known as the honeymoon fly, kissing bug, or double-headed bug.  The adult is a small, flying insect common to the southeastern United States, especially along the Gulf Coast.  During and after mating, adult pairs remain coupled, even in flight, for up to several days.
  4. The praying mantis is named for the “praying” position that it often assumes.  This insect will eat just about any living thing it can fit in its mouth, helpful or not. It is known to consume mosquitoes, nocturnal moths, bees, beetles, small lizards, even frogs—as well as fellow praying mantises.
  5. Bumblebees collect nectar and the pollen that will make tomato plants and apple trees produce more fruit.  The female bumblebee can sting but they much prefer to stick to gentler business.

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