There are many types of bees with colonies varying in size from about 50 up to 50,000 all pollinate flowers and plants. The most commonly seen are bumble bees, honey bees, solitary bees and mason bees.
- Bumble Bees – The bumble bee is large, furry and is dark coloured with the exception of golden stripes across the end of their tails. They nest in small wall cavities, holes in the ground, under sheds or in undisturbed compost heaps.
- Honey Bees – These are kept by Bee Keepers, but they do also live in the wild in hollow trees or in chimneys, wall cavities or roof spaces. They are akin in size to wasps but are furrier and mostly black in colour. It is the honey bee that converts nectar into honey and beeswax and is known to swarm, which will appear in flight and cluster on a tree branch. The noise can be frightening, but the danger is minimal if you keep your distance and contact a local bee keeper or environmental Health Department as they will be able to arrange for the swarm to be relocated.