Is There A Difference Between Bees And Wasps? Part 1 Of 3

The word “bees” is a universal term used by many people throughout the United States.  Some people are under the misconception that bees and wasps are one in the same type of insect, when in fact they are as different as people are. There are certainly many characteristics that define a particular type of bee, wasp or hornet from each other.  It should be noted that it is common practice to refer to wasps and hornets as “wasps” report NJ pest control experts.  Here are the important differences between these flying insects…

Physical characteristics:

Honey bee:  Honey bees are about ½ of an inch long, have a black amber body, and they are covered in hair which helps with the collection of pollen.

Carpenter Bee:  The carpenter bee is a large bee that is black and yellow.  Its body is smooth and sleek in comparison to the bumble bee.

Bumble Bee:   The bumble bee is similar in size to the carpenter bee.  In fact, upon seeing a carpenter bee, most people refer to the carpenter bee as a bumble bee.  The bumble bee however has a round yellow and black colored body that is covered in fine hair which is used for collecting pollen.

Yellow Jacket:  New Jersey yellow jackets in are black and yellow colored (striped).

Wasp/Hornet:  The wasp/hornet can be a variety of different wasp species.  They are typically black, brown, red, or a combination of those colors.


Honey bee:  Honey bees are docile insects.  They are only able to sting one time and will only do so if they need to defend themselves.

Carpenter Bee:  Carpenter bees are considered to be solitary bees.  The male carpenter bee is the one that you will see hovering near the nesting site.  They will approach any intruder to the nest and dive bomb or zip in front of it as a show of strength.  Male carpenter bees are unable to sting, but females will sting if necessary.

Please check back on Friday for Part 2.