Is There A Difference Between Bees And Wasps? Part 2 Of 3

Continuing from Wednesday…

Bumble Bee:  Bumble bees are not typically an aggressive type of bee, unless their nest is disturbed.  Once disturbed, female bumble bees are capable of stinging many times.  These bees are known to chase nest intruders for long distances and their sting is said to be the most painful of all types of bee stings.

Yellow Jacket:  Yellow jackets are considered to be one of the most aggressive types of insects.  Because their nests are often well hidden, they tend to appear from nowhere and strike their victims with fury.  Yellow jackets are able to sting repeatedly without dying, unlike the honey bee.

Wasp/Hornet:  Most species of wasps are considered to be non-aggressive.  Most human stings occur as a result of their nest being disturbed.  All types of wasps will eagerly defend their nest by stings.  Most stings that occur within the United States are from wasps not bees.

Living Environment:

Honey bee:  Honey bees live in hollow trees or man-made boxes in NJ as well as throughout the United States.

Carpenter Bee – Carpenter bees live in deck railing, eaves of structures, or other thick wood surfaces where they can drill a pencil sized hole into the wood to build their nesting site.

Bumble Bee – Bumble bees typically live underground, but it is not uncommon to find a bumble bee nest in the attic, under siding, or in the eaves of a structure.

Yellow Jacket – Yellow jackets live underground in abandoned rodent holes or cavities in a rock wall.  Some species of yellow jackets are above ground.  Their grey, paper-like football shaped nest can be found hanging from a bush, shed, building, or tree.

Wasp/Hornet – Wasps build their nest above ground in areas such as the eaves of structures, under deck railing, in gazeboes, in outdoor umbrellas, in bushes, and in trees.  Some species of wasps do not build nests and instead will find a hole or crack that already exists and take up residence in there.

Please check back on Monday for the conclusion.