Bee vs Wasp vs Hornets

Bee vs Wasp vs Hornets

To differentiate between the bee, the wasp, and the hornet it is important to look at the shape and size of these three species. Bees are mostly herbivores and wasps are mostly carnivores that feed on insects. It’s also important to note, that all hornets are wasps as well.

Bees and wasps are closely related species and diverged from wasps about 120 million years ago. Wasps are known as pollen gatherers. Hornets and yellow jackets are known to be social wasps because they live in colonies together made from a paper-like material. 

Bees in general can be recognized by their ‘chubby’ hairy bodies, short legs, and a stinger that they lose when they sting somebody. On the other hand, wasps look menacing, sleeker, and can sting multiple times. They also have narrower abdomens. Hornets can be seen as larger more robust wasps.

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The Vespa Mandarina is one of the largest known hornets to date introduced last year, 2020. They are often referred to as Asian hornet giants. They are quite striking with being large in size along with the distinguishing markings that make it easily recognizable from the other Asian hornet species.

With regards to nests, there are many key differences between a wasps nest and between a bee nest. But even among wasps, some differences exist depending on the species that build them. Take for example the Mud-Dauber wasp. This wasp builds its nest from a combination of mud and salvia. It is completely the opposite of the paper wasp which owes its name to the paper-like material that the wasp uses to make their nest out of.

If you see an open nest that looks exposed, and you see hexagonal cells ( a shape with eight sides), that are shaped like an umbrella, then you can be certain that you are dealing with paper wasps here. Their number is quite low when you take bees into consideration. Paper wasp colonies often number less than a hundred wasps.

If you see a nest that has smooth walls and is shaped like a football, then you can be sure that hornets are living in them. People should be wary of hornets because these species have the tendency to deliver incredibly painful stings.

If you see a wasp going in and out of a hole in the ground or a building, that you can be certain that the wasp you are seeing is a yellow jacket. The yellow jacket houses a colony of about a thousand wasps.

If you see a nest that seems to be made out of a waxy substance then you are looking at a bee nest. Social bees such as the bumblebee and the one bee construct their nests with similar material, so distinguishing between the two is not always an easy task. However, depending on where you see these nests, might give you a strong clue with what kind of bee you are dealing with. The bumblebee nest is smaller in size and they are usually located and build in abandoned rodent dens, sheds, grass, or trees. Honeybee nests are most likely to be built inside of a company or protected area that can shield them from other predators or the elements. These nests can be located in a hollow tree, inside a wall, or for human use inside beekeeper boxes. Their nests are also a feat of engineering by having them made highly organized and hexagonally shaped.

If you notice or suspect any wasp or bee presence near your property, contact a reputable pest control service to remove the nest safely and efficiently. The technicians are licensed individuals that are trained and experienced in the removal of wasp nests. This can avoid bodily harm to you and the ones around you. In the years that we have been active, we have relieved countless neighbors, families, and individuals of wasp stress. So contact The Exterminators Inc. now by calling 647-496-2211!