Two in three (67 per cent) said they want to learn more about these pollinating insects. But only 12 per cent could correctly identify a honey bee in a line-up of seven common insects, including wasps, hornets and hoverflies.
FOE senior nature campaigner Paul de Zylva said: "Although nine out of ten people didn’t spot the bee, it’s fantastic that so many gardeners are hungry to know more and will be planting bee-friendly plants next year.
"Tens of thousands of people across the country are already taking action on bee decline by joining our Bee Cause campaign.
"To give bees the best chance and to save our economy billions, David Cameron must commit to a National Bee Action Plan", the campaign group said.
Friends of the Earth commissioned the Ipsos MORI survey as part of The Bee Cause campaign. See www.foe.co.uk/bees.