Honey Bees or Bumblebees? 3 Things To Consider

If you’re like me, you’re most likely passionate about bees. Whether it’s honey bees, bumblebees, or something else, they’re amazing creatures to learn about.

As a beekeeper and blogger, I’ve been asked a lot of questions about the differences between honey bees and bumblebees, and what the benefits are of having either one.

Therefore, I thought I’d write a blog post to help answer some of the most commonly asked questions.

Today, let’s answer the question, “Honey Bees or Bumblebees?”.

What Is The Difference Between Honey Bees and Bumblebees?

It can be confusing and intimidating to someone who’s just starting out on their beekeeping journey, to have to decide which type of bee to keep.

After all, honey bees and bumble bees are both important pollinators of our natural environment and food sources. There are a few key differences between them that can help to inform your decision.

The major difference between honey bees and bumblebees is their level of social organization and their nesting habits.

Honey bees are highly social, living in colonies of thousands of bees, while bumblebees live in much smaller groups of fifty to a few hundred bees. Bumblebees also tend to nest and forage closer to the ground.

Honey bees use wax to build and store their honey, while bumblebees use plant material and their saliva to form not only nests, but also their food, and brood cells for storing larvae.

Honey bees tend to fly farther than bumblebees and are more active throughout the year due to their hives’ protection.

Bumblebees tend to fly closer to their nests and have a more short season than honey bees.

Another difference between honey bees and bumblebees is the types of pollen they collect from flowers. Honeybees are attracted to flowers that produce the most nectar, while bumblebees prefer those with the most pollen.

This difference affects not only the quantity of honey that can be produced but also the type of honey.

Finally, another key difference between honey bees and bumblebees is their defensive behavior. Honey bees are generally more defensive than bumblebees, and they will guard their hives against any perceived threat.

While bumblebees may become more defensive when disturbed, they’re also known to pursue predators away from their nests actively.

What Are The Benefits Of Having Honey Bees or Bumblebees?

Having either honey bees or bumblebees comes with a variety of benefits for the beekeeper and for the environment.

Honey bees are the most well-known type of bee, and the production of their honey is just one of the many benefits.

Honey is a sweetener and a natural source of energy, and has been used for centuries as both a food source and a medicine.

Honey bees also pollinate a variety of flowers and plants, helping to ensure genetic diversity as a result of cross-pollination.

Bumblebees also provide a number of important benefits for the beekeeper and for the environment.

They visit a much wider variety of flowers than honey bees and their large size means they’re able to carry more pollen on each visit.

As a result, they can help increase crop yields by aiding in pollinating a wide range of flowering plants. Their nests also provide shelter for a variety of other critters as well.

Alternatives To Beekeepings?

If you’re not interested in keeping bees, but still want to help support the bee population and pollination, there are some great alternatives.You can plant bee-friendly flowers and plants in your garden.

Choose flowers that are not only native to your area, but also those that bloom at different times of the year to give the bees a continuous food source. You can also create a bee sanctuary or choose to use organic pesticides instead of harmful chemical pesticides.

You can also look into getting a beekeeper to keep bees in your area if it’s allowed by local ordinances. This will provide bees with a safe and inviting environment and provide you with the benefits of honey or other products such as beeswax or candles.


As you can see, there are a lot of things to consider when deciding whether to keep honey bees or bumblebees.

Both types of bees provide great benefits to the environment and to the beekeeper, and it’s important to weigh the pros and cons before making your decision.

Whether you choose honey bees, bumblebees, or something else, I hope this article has been helpful to you in making an informed decision. Thank you for taking the time to read what I have to say about honey bees and bumblebees.






One response to “Honey Bees or Bumblebees? 3 Things To Consider”

  1. […] common pollinators in the world, but they aren’t the only type. Other types of bees — such as bumble bees, carpenter bees, and solitary bees — can also provide assistance with pollination […]

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