Bees are generally less aggressive than Wasps although neither are particularly aggressive until they perceive danger to themselves or their nest.
Wasps can all sting multiple times as, contrary to popular belief, can most species of bee, with the exception of the honey bee – who dies after only one sting.
Identification of bees and wasps can be very difficult unless you get very close! They can be very similar in appearance with the marked difference of bees having a hairy body and legs and wasps having a smooth body and legs. We also tend to think of wasps as being longer and thinner that a typical bee, although this is not always the case.
Feeding wise, bees drink nectar and collect pollen – they also sip water! Wasps prey on other insects and sometimes sip nectar – which may be the reason they are so attracted to our human sugary treats and drinks.
Both wasps and bees live in nests. A Hive is the term used when the bees nest has been provided by a human. The nests of wasps and bees are very different. Many wasps use wood fibers which they chew with their saliva to create a paper-like substance while other species use mud – they type and location of wasp nests depends on the species and the location. Bees nests are honeycombs, which are made of hexagonal beeswax cells packed tightly together. Again the size and location of these can vary greatly.
How to spot and identify a nest is coming shortly!
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