How to find wild honey bees

Differences between wild and honey bees

In the world there is nine types of honeybeesof which eight find their natural habitat in Asia. In the wild bees, the number of species is slightly higher. In Europe alone there are more than 2,500 different species of wild beeswhich differ greatly in habitat and appearance.

While honey bees live mainly in their hives and are part of a colony of up to 50,000 members, wild bees tend to prefer the solitary hermit life. Wild bees also differ from honey bees when it comes to their choice of nesting site. With honey bees, the queen bee lays her eggs in the honeycomb cells that have been prepared beforehand by the worker bees. Due to the Honeycomb cell size the queen bee then decides whether to put a fertilized or an unfertilized egg in it. At smaller cells the queen bee opens her seminal vesicle to fertilize the egg, from which then Workers Hatch. Is the Honeycomb cell bigger advised, the queen keeps her seminal vesicle duct closed and lays an unfertilized egg inside. The males develop from this Drones

The nesting places of wild bees are found in many species under the earth. Corridors and breeding caves of other insects are not that unpopular. Other nesting sites that are attractive for wild bees would be dead wood, plant stems, empty snail shells, but also bee hotels specially built by humans.