The Western Honey Bee
The western honey bee, is another subspecies of honey bees. These are subdivided into different classes, namely queens, drones and worker bees. One colony of western honey bees can be as large as 30,000 to 80,000 bees in total.
HOW TO IDENTIFY WESTERN HONEY BEES
Western honey bees are reddish or brownish in color with yellow or orange bands over their abdomen. They have hairy bodies but have less hair on their abdomens. They have a unique feature known as “pollen basket” in which they carry pollen for the process of pollination. This pollen basket is present on their hind legs.
Appearance and Behavior
Western honey bees are about three-eighths to three-fourths of an inch long. Queen bees are more elongated and have straight stingers. Worker bees have barbed stingers and are lighter in color. Drones are stout-bodied and have large eyes.
These bugs prefer to live in areas which are abundant in flowering plants. Wester Honey Bees best survive in areas where there is a sufficient supply of water, such as gardens, grasslands, fields, etc. Usually, a western honey bee colony makes their nests in hollow places such as cracks in walls or voids in trees, etc.
They feed on nectar and pollen from flowers and honey of course. If you start seeing these pests more regularly and more than usual in numbers then it is a definite sign that there is a western honey bee nest somewhere near or inside your house.