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Bee or Wasp - What’s the Difference?

How can you tell these insects apart? This article will tell you!

In spring and summer, lots of us are afraid of bees and wasps. And for good reason: A bee sting hurts a lot more than a mosquito bite. Also, many people are allergic to the venom of these insects, which can be fatal. But these little things fly so quickly around our drinks and cakes that it’s not always easy to tell them apart.

How Are Bees and Wasps Different?

Here are the main differences between bees and wasps:

  • Body size
  • Body shape
  • Body hair
  • Color
  • Behavior
  • Diet

Over the following pages, you’ll find large images and some easy rules of thumb to work out which is which. Finally, there’ll be a clear summary. Of course, we’ve not just taken a closer look at honey bees and wasps. You’ll also learn to tell the difference between bumblebees and hornets.


Find it out here: Bee or Wasp?

Honey Bee - Photo: szefei/Shutterstock



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