Posted by: buzzybeegirl | April 7, 2009

Bees with Goatees

Bees display sexual dimorphism, which means that males and females of the same species (kinds) look different. It’s similar to birds. Male birds are usually more colorful than females, so you can tell which is the male and which is the female. In bees it’s the same, except only those with good eyes can tell the difference. So how are they different…well, male bees are usually smaller than the females. This can be subtle though. Another example is the length of the the antennae. Males have larger antennae than females. Another example is facial hair. Males may have a beard. It’s true. A bee beard. Take a look for yourself. This bearded bee was flying around goodbears creosote bush. See the bee beard for yourself…

Male bee with a beard

Male bee with a beard

If you still aren’t buying it. Here is another male…with a beard.


Is that the cutest bee or what. If I can get good photos of the antennae of male bees I will post them up. But for now, if you see a bearded bee, you know it’s a male. And since it is a male you know it cannot sting. Not every male has a beard, but when you see it, you will know…it’s a male bee.


  1. Plus if you can get close enough to see (or have a specimen), males have 13 antennal segments, females have 12, and males have 7 visible abdominal segments (tergites) whereas females have 6.

    • I have to work on my macro skills to get those. I may have one with the antennal segments of a male, now I need to find a female. You know, I didn’t even think of the abdominal segments. Thanks for reminding me =-)

  2. hello buzzy bee girl its dennis the vizsla dog hay so yoo wood cal this a BEE-rd??? (RIMSHOT) thanks i wil BEE heer all week!!!! (RIMSHOT) ha ha ok bye

    • oh Dennis. Why didn’t i think about hiring you as my bee joke writer? Why! Bee-rd is so great. I should have used it…do you work for biscuits?

  3. I can’t help but wonder if the carpet matches the drapes in the world of fuzzy bees.


    • there is no comeback to that comment forkboy 😉

  4. […] girl, boy, bee In a previous post I had talked about how you can tell the difference between male and female bees. Yes, male and […]

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