The other day while standing in line at the grocery store I was asked a question by a follower: “Do all these make honey?”. For whatever reason, I had never actually considered the question before, so, I thought I would do a little research, and here’s what I found.
Basically, the answer is: no; all bees do not make honey.
Actually, Honeybees are the only bees, which make true honey. Even among the varieties of Honeybees (Italian, German, Carniolan, Buckfast, Caucasian, and Russian), they do not make honey of equal quantity or quality. Also, honeybees are not native to North America; they were brought to North America by Europeans.
Bumblebees (larger than Carpenter bees, but similar in appearance) are social and make nests similar to honeybees, but these nests are much smaller, Bumblebees while they store nectar, do not make true honey.
Most bee species belonging to other families are solitary and don’t nest in colonies. Mason bees make nests in cracks and crevices, leaf-cutter bees nest in hollow stems or holes in wood, Carpenter bees drill holes in dead wood, where digger and mining bees make their nests in holes underground. These bees do not make true honey or beeswax.