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Difference between Wasps and Bees  

Wasps and Bees both belong to the same insect order Hymenoptera and they are extremely valuable for the environment. Most of the people confuse wasp and bees with each other but they are not same at all. They differ in many terms like behaviour, appearance etc.

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Differences: –

  • Generally, bees have fuller bodies and have more hairs with a fuzzier appearance as compared to wasps. Wasps have slender legs and shinier bodies.
  • Bees are pollinators and only consume plant pollens and nectar but wasps are predators and prey on other arthropods and insects. In late summer and fall, wasps become more interested in collecting sweets and other carbohydrates.
  • Bees are less aggressive as compared to wasps. Wasps are known to attack unprovoked. Honey bees die immediately after they sting someone but other bees can use their sting more than one time.
  • Bees are very social creature but it completely depends on the species whether a wasp is social or solitary.
  • Bees generally live in geometric hives made from wax whereas wasps live in papery nests made up of chewed wood particles and their own saliva.
  • Bees have round abdomen and thorax but wasps have cylindrical abdomen and thorax.
  • Bees have flat and wide legs but wasps have round waxy legs.
  • Legs of bees are not generally visible while flying but in wasps, two thin legs are visible hanging down during flight.
  • Honeybees and bumblebees are the most commonly seen species of bees. Cicada killers and yellow jackets are most encountered species of wasps.
  • Generally bees prefer to make their hives in more protected areas as compared to wasps, like inside a hollow tree, a wall or a beekeeper box.

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