Bee Identification Guide

Identifying Bees isn’t easy, what with over 200 different species of bee and some that look very similar, even for an entomologist identifying bees isn’t always very straight forward. You need to take in account things such as the bees habitat, time of year, colour and so many other things. We have created a helpful bee identification guide to help you tell the difference between a white-tailed bee and common carder bee. 

Bombus Pratorum

The Early Bumblebee

A small (one of the smallest) bumblebee that can be found all across the UK and is one of the first bees to come out of hibernation.

Bombus Lucorum

White-Tailed Bee

white tailed bumblebee in watercolour

Bombus Hortorum

Garden Bumblebee

Bombus Hypnorum

Tree Bumblebee

Bombus Jonellus

Heath Bumblebee

Bombus Lapidarius

Red-Tailed Bumblebee

Bombus Lapidarius

Red-Tailed Cuckoo bee

Bombus Ruderarius

Red-shanked carder bee

Bombus Pascuorum

Common Carder bee

Bombus Muscorum

Moss carder bee

Bombus Humilis

Brown-Banded Carder bee

Bombus Sylvarum

Shrill carder bee

Apis Mellifera

Honeybee (European)

Melecta Albifrons

Common Mourning bee

Anthophora Plumipes

Hairy-Footed Flower Bee


Leaf-Cutter bee

Chelostoma Campanularum

Small Scissor bee

Andrena Fulva

Tawny Mining Bee

Andrena Cineraria

Ashy Mining bee

Andrena Haemorrhoa

Orange-Tailed Mining bee

Osmia Bicornis

Red Mason Bee


Long-Horned bee

Bombus Fervidus

Golden Northern Bee

Amegilla Cingulata

Blue-Banded Bee

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