How to Identify Wasps & Hornets

How to Identify Wasps & Hornets

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 How to Identify Wasps, Bees, Bumblebees, and Hornets

Understanding the differences between wasps, bees, bumblebees, and hornets can help you respond appropriately to their presence. Here’s a quick guide to help you identify these insects and know what to do next.

 Identifying Wasps

Smooth, slender bodies with a narrow waist.
Brightly colored, often with yellow and black stripes.


  • – More aggressive than bees, especially when their nest is threatened.
  • – Predatory, feeding on other insects or scavenging on human food.
  • – Less likely to be seen around flowers.


  •  Paper-like structures made from chewed wood fibers, often found in trees, bushes, or eaves of buildings.

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Identifying Hornets


  • – Larger than wasps, with robust bodies.
  • – Black and white or brown and yellow coloring.
  • – Notably larger heads and wider bodies compared to wasps.


  • Very aggressive, especially near their nests.
  • Predatory, feeding on insects.
  • Less frequent visitors to human food sources than wasps.


  • – Large, paper-like nests often found high in trees or sometimes in building eaves.
  • – Nests are generally more enclosed and have a distinct entrance hole.

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Identifying Bees


  • Honeybees: Fuzzy bodies, usually golden-brown with darker bands.
  • Bumblebees: Larger and rounder, covered in dense hair, usually black with yellow stripes.


  • Non-aggressive unless provoked.
  • Often seen around flowers, collecting pollen and nectar.
  • Live in colonies in hives or nests in sheltered areas like tree hollows or artificial structures.


  •  Honeybees build waxy hives.
  •  Bumblebees nest in the ground, often in abandoned rodent burrows.

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Identifying Bumblebees


  • Large and round with dense hair.
  • Usually black with yellow stripes.


  •  Generally non-aggressive and slow-moving.
  •  Often seen hovering near flowers, collecting pollen and nectar.
  •  They live in smaller colonies than honeybees, often in the ground or dense grass.

– Usually found in the ground, abandoned rodent burrows, or dense grass.

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 Quick Identification Tips

  1. Fuzziness: Bees and bumblebees are fuzzy; wasps and hornets are smooth.
  2.  Body Shape: Bees and bumblebees are rounder; wasps and hornets are more slender with a defined waist.
  3.  Size: Hornets are generally larger than wasps and bees. Bumblebees are larger and rounder than honeybees.
  4.  Aggressiveness: Bees and bumblebees are gentle, wasps are moderately aggressive, and hornets are very aggressive.

If you spot a nest or encounter these insects, it’s best to keep your distance and, if necessary, contact a pest control professional to handle the situation safely.


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