How to Spot a Honey Bee

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About ½-inch long, honey bees have slender, slightly fuzzy abdomens that are pointed at the tip, and they have an obvious striping pattern.


Bumblebees are bigger, pudgier, furrier and have rounded tips to their abdomens, and they don’t have many stripes.


Wasps and hornets are similar in size and color, but they have smooth, narrow abdomens with no hair.


beePollen Nation is a very diverse group of zoo employees and friends passionate about our fuzzy friend, Apis mellifera (the European honey bee). Their group, Pollen Nation, was established in 2015 and has been very busy defining our goals and turning them into reality.

Mission Statement: Promoting pollinator awareness by re-wilding habitats and inspiring action while reconnecting the community to nature.

Pollen Nation: What’s the Buzz:
    • Running honeybee colonies on zoo grounds and at the Zoo’s Bowyer Farm
    • Getting our guests involved in the citizen science project collaboration with the University of Illinois, BeeSpotter (check out
    • Reaching out beyond our guests by making a presence at various community events

Contact Pollen Nation here!

Buzzworthy: Local Bees in the News

In 2018, over 50,000 bees were discovered in a basement after living there for 25 years. Luckily, they were relocated to the Cincinnati Zoo, where they’ll be monitored and studied. (Via Mashable)