DIFFERENCES BETWEEN WASPS AND BEES
It’s summer – the perfect time for those bees and wasps to come buzzing and chasing children all around. But can you tell the difference between a bee and a wasp?
- Bees are pollinators, spending much of their lives visiting various plants and flowers to gather and distribute pollen. They also feed nectar and pollen to their developing young. Wasps, however, are predators. While adults may occasionally feed on nectar or pollen, they feed insects, arthropods, flies and even caterpillars to their young.
- Bees have hairy bodies and flat legs are ideal for holding on to the pollen as they carry it from one area to another. The bodies of wasps are sleeker and more streamlined for
- The nests of honeybees are composed of multiple honeycombs, parallel to each other, with a relatively uniform bee space. Wasps create a paper-like substance primarily from wood pulp. Wood fibers are gathered locally from weathered wood, softened by chewing and mixing with saliva.
- Wasps and most bees can pump the venom into your skin, remove the stinger and then fly away. The honeybee’s stinger, however, is barbed and it sticks in your flesh. When the honeybee tries to fly away, her stinger won’t budge. Instead, it rips from her body. Since the stinger is attached to the honeybee’s digestive system, she eventually dies from the trauma.
- Bees are social creatures but wasps can be social or solitary depending on the species.