Crowders Mountain State Park
Kings Mountain, North Carolina
It comes up in a random discussion as we hike to the top of Kings Mountain. What’s the difference between carpenter bees and bumble bees? It is a warm afternoon and we have our sampling of both.
Both carpenter bees and bumble bees are yellow and black, like the Steelers. That’s the most important thing.
Both belong to the same kingdom, phylum, class, order and family. It’s not until you get down to the subfamily that you find differences.
Carpenter bees nest in wood, bumble bees on the ground. They resemble each other quite a bit, but the carpenters have a bare and shiny black abdomen while bumbles are fuzzy.
That’s it! Bumble bees are hairy butt bees!