Identifying Bees

Africanized & European Honey Bees

bee on flower

Africanized bees, on average, are slightly smaller than European bees, but otherwise look identical. 

  • 5/8″ in length
  • Nests in trees, ground, and structures
  • Africanized can be more defensive

Mistaken for Africanized Bees

bumble bee

Bumble Bee

  • 1/4″ to 1″ in length
  • Nests in ground
carpenter bee

Carpenter Bee

  • 3/4″ to 1″ in length
  • Nests in wood
  • Solitary and generally docile
  • Males are orange
  • Females are black
yellow jacket

Yellow Jacket

  • 5/8″ to 3/4″ in length
  • Nests in trees, ground, and structures
  • Aggressive if disturbed
  • Attracted to food
paper wasp

Paper Wasp

  • 5/8″ to 1″ in length
  • Nests on or in structures (i.e. eaves)
mud dauber

Mud Dauber

  • 7/8″ to 1 1/4″ in length
  • Small mud nests on or in structures
  • Solitary and generally docile
sand wasp

Sand Wasp

  • 4/5″ to 1″ in length
  • Burrow in sand
  • Solitary and generally docile

If you are a resident of the District:

CALL (800) 825-3400

to report bees or yellow jackets.

CALL 911

if you have a bee emergency.

CALL (310) 915-7370

for a professional bee control referral, or: