Bees and Wasps


honeybeeBees are robust-bodied and very hairy compared with wasps. Their hind legs are flattened for collecting and transporting pollen. Bees are important pollinators.

Bees feed only on nectar and pollen from flowers. Honey bees sometimes visit trash cans and soft-drink containers to feed on sugary foods.


wasp-416968Wasps have a slender body with a narrow waist, slender, cylindrical legs, and appear smoothed-skinned and shiny. Yellow-jackets, bald-faced hornets and paper wasps are the most common types of wasps encountered by people.

During the summer and fall, yellow-jackets become aggressive scavengers and frequently disrupt outside activities where food or drink is served.

Wasp are beneficial because they prey on many insects. During late summer and fall they are more interested in collecting sweets and other carbohydrates. Many become aggressive scavengers around human food and many be common around outdoor activities where food or drinks are served.