Wasps and Bees

Wasp and Bee

Basically, there are 5 species of Bees & Wasps that are common in the U.S. It is interesting to note that each of these Bees & Wasps has it’s own distinct habits and traits, each Bees & Wasps behaves differently. Therefore each must be treated differently.

Wasps and Bees, how are they different?

Wasp and Bee Identification

A single carpenter bee, how are they different from bumble bees?Carpenter bees look like typical bumblebees but often lack yellow stripes. They are solitary bees.Carpenter bees bore through soft woods to lay eggs and protect their larvae as they develop. Carpenter bees do not pose a public health threat, but they can damage wood through their nest building.

Africanized “killer” bees looks so much like a regular honeybee that the only way to tell the two apart is by measuring their bodies. Africanized bees have different wing measurements than honeybees. These bees defend their colony and attack when threatened.Africanized bees have small colonies, so they can build nests in unique places. They have been known to live in tires, crates, boxes, and empty cars. Their venom is no more dangerous than regular honeybees-they just tend to attack in greater numbers, which causes more danger to humans.

Biology of Wasp and Bee

Bumble BeeBumble bees are beneficial insects because they pollinate crops and plants.The occupant of a disturbed bumble bee nest will buzz in a loud volume. They defend their nests aggressively.Bumble bees often nest in the ground, but can be found above ground around patio areas or decks. They will sometimes build their ness in soffits of attics.

Honey bees are social insects found all over the world. They are an extremely important beneficial insect because of their role in pollination. Honey bees pollinate more than 100 crops in the U.S.Honeybees are active pollinators, and produce honey which feeds their young in colder months. The honeybee is the only social insect whose colony can survive many years.Honeybees produce honey from pollen and nectar of the plants they pollinate. They store the honey in honeycombs in their nests. They often build their nests in tree crevices, but will occasionally build nests in attics or chimneys.

Wasps, how are they different from Bees?Wasps can cause alarm when present in large numbers and if the nest is in a place where the individuals from it interfere with humans they can inflict painful and sometimes dangerous stings. Hundreds (perhaps thousands) of people in the United States die each year from allergic reactions to the venom of this insect. Wasp is more dangerous and unpredictable than honey bees. They are fairly large insects approximately 30mm in length. Wasp nests may be found in roof spaces, wall cavities and air grates of buildings, hanging from trees, as well as underground. A normal nest can contain from 3,000 to 5,000 individuals depending on its size, by late summer.

Extreme care must be exercised when treating wasp nests.

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Date: Tuesday, 5. January 2010 11:14
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