It is very common for people to mistake a wasp for a bee due to their similarities. Bees are protected and cannot be exterminated so it is important to understand the differences between bees and wasps so they can be identified and dealt with in the correct way. Here are eight ways to tell the difference between them:
1. Body surface
Wasps’ body are usually smooth while bees are fluffy and hairy.
2. Body shape
Wasps usually have skinny body while bees have round body.
Wasps build nests and bees build hives.
Bees live in much larger colonies than wasps.
Bees produce honey and wasps do not.
6. Food Source
Wasps feed on both nectar and insects for protein while bees feed mainly on nectar.
7. Winter Survival
Most wasps die in winter except queens who hibernate. Bees, however, survive winter on food reserves and heat accumulated by the colony.
Wasps are usually more aggressive than bees.