Carpenter bees generally resemble bumble bees in size and color. They are
black with some yellow. Most carpenter bees have yellow hairs on their
thorax, but their abdomens are all black and shiny with few hairs. There are
two small species and two large species found in Florida. Females do have
the ability to sting.
Africanized honey bees (killer bees) have a variety of colors from yellow to
black. They are identical to common honeybees in size and coloration. In fact,
the only way to distinguish between the two is through DNA testing or
microscopic laboratory analysis.
Honey Bees have a variety of colors from yellow to black and will have a solid
or striped abdomen that is often encircled with opposing color bands. They
will frequently be seen carrying pollen on their hind legs. They can sting, and
will leave the stinger behind pulsing as it empties its venom into the unlucky victim.
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