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How do I know it's a honey bee?

Our beekeepers are only able to help in cases of honey bee swarms.

Identifying Honeybees

Honeybees are small and vary in colour from golden brown to almost black.

If you have honey bees in the structure of your property look for a legitimate trade person who could carry out the removal operation for you but bear in mind significant costs may be payable.

If you are looking at honeybees please contact your local Swarm Collector who will provide appropriate help or advice with your honey bee swarm.

If the insects are not honeybees look elsewhere for information and advice about what to do.



Bumblebees are often confused with honeybees. However, they are rounder, larger and furrier and come with a variety of coloured stripes across the end of their tails. Are they in a bird box, under the decking, in the compost?

Bumblebees are important pollinators. Leave the nests alone if possible. They will die out at the end of summer and will cause no further problems. Bumblebees rarely sting or attack people or animals and should therefore not be disturbed. There are 24 different types of native bumblebee, all of which vary in size and colour.

FBeekeepers are unable to assist in the removal of bumblebees.

Does your swarm look like this?